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