These were among cases received by Loudoun County Animal Services. For information on the county shelter’s hours and location, adoption and licensing, rabies clinics and low-cost neutering, call 703-777-0406 in eastern Loudoun or 540-882-3211 in western Loudoun.
House-sitting squirrel: Almond Ct., Sterling, March 24. A squirrel was reported to have been inside a house for about a week while the homeowners were away on vacation. The squirrel apparently had been snacking on a box of chocolates and drinking water from the toilet bowl. An animal control officer took the squirrel to a veterinarian for treatment for dehydration. The squirrel was expected to make a full recovery.
Steering around the steers: Purcellville Rd., March 24, Purcellville. Two Angus cattle were reported to be causing a traffic hazard. An animal control officer contacted the owner and confined the cattle to the owner’s property.
Rocky perch for raccoon: Bradford Ct., Sterling, March 25. A caller reported seeing a raccoon on a porch roof. Because the raccoon was eight to 10 feet off the ground, the caller didn’t think it was able to get down. When an animal control officer arrived, the raccoon was gone.
Phone tag: Wayside Cir., Ashburn, March 25. A stray golden-retriever-type dog was reported. An animal control officer found contact information on the dog’s rabies tag but was unable to contact the owner. The dog was taken to the shelter, where the owner reclaimed it the next day.
Black cat has good luck: Charles Town Pike, Waterford, March 5. Pepper, a 5-year-old black cat, was surrendered by its owner in January. After being at the county shelter for two months, the cat was adopted by a family March 25.