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Loudoun County Animal Watch

These were among cases received by the Loudoun County Department of 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.

Stay-at-home squirrel: Duff Rd., Leesburg, Jan. 2. A caller reported that a family returning home from a vacation found a squirrel in the basement. An animal control officer trapped the squirrel, which appeared healthy and uninjured, and returned it to the wild.

Dog hits the trail: Ashburn Rd., Ashburn, Jan. 2. A caller reported finding a stray German shepherd-type dog on the Washington & Old Dominion Trail. An animal control officer found that the dog had a current license, which helped identify the owner. The officer attempted to return the dog to its home, but no one answered. The officer left a note on the door and took the dog to the shelter.

Fox news: Harry Byrd Hwy., Sterling, Jan. 2. A caller reported an injured fox on the side of a road. An animal control officer looked for the fox but did not see one.

Stray no more: Wayfarer Sq., Chantilly, Jan. 2. A caller reported confining a stray dog. The mixed breed whippet-type dog had a current license. An animal control officer called the owner and left a message saying that the dog would be taken to the shelter. The owner was also told about the law against dogs running free.

Injured cat taken to vet: Dudley Ct., Sterling, Jan. 3. A caller reported that a possibly injured cat had been roaming the caller’s property for several days. An animal control officer observed that the cat, which appeared bright and alert, had a small wound. The officer trapped the cat, which did not have a collar and did not match any lost-cat reports. It was taken to a veterinarian for treatment.

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck

by Sandy Mauck

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