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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.

That’s no Juliet on the balcony: Providence Village Dr., Sterling, May 25. A caller reported a sick raccoon on the balcony of a residence. An animal control officer determined that the raccoon was healthy and returned it to the wild.

Snap judgment was incorrect: Argonne Ave., Sterling, May 27. A caller reported an injured snapping turtle. An animal control officer found that the turtle was healthy and uninjured. It was returned it to the wild.

Good deed doer: Fort Evans Rd., Leesburg, May 28. A caller reported taking a stray dog to a veterinarian’s office. An animal control officer picked up the English- setter-type dog, which had a collar but no tags or microchip ID, and took it to the animal shelter, where the owner reclaimed it later in the day.

Not cool at all: Charles Town Pike, Waterford, May 30. Nearly every day when the warm weather arrives, Loudoun County animal control officers respond to reports of pets left inside cars on hot days. Not only is it illegal to leave an animal in a car when the outside temperature is higher than 70 degrees and the temperature in the vehicle is higher than 80 degrees, it can also be deadly. For information, go to

It’s cat adoption month: Celebrate Adopt-A-Cat Month by visiting the Loudoun County Animal Shelter and seeing the many cats and kittens available for adoption. To see pictures online and get information about the cats needing homes, go to

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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