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.

Snake’s alive: Regents Park Cir., Sterling, May 31. A caller reported that a black snake had been caught in fencing for two days. An animal control officer found the snake, which was alive and moving, and returned it to the wild because it appeared healthy and uninjured.

Not cool at all: Fort Evans Rd., Leesburg, June 1. A caller reported seeing a Maltese-type dog confined inside a vehicle. An animal control officer used an infrared thermometer to take the temperature inside the vehicle, which read 103.5 degrees Fahrenheit. The outside temperature was 73 degrees. When the owner returned, the officer issued a citation and reminded the owner about the law against leaving animals confined in vehicles in warm weather.

Crane stationary: Leier Pl., Ashburn, June 2. A caller reported seeing an injured crane near a home. An animal control officer found a sandhill crane and took it to a wildlife rehabilitation facility for evaluation.

Turtle seen on road; no sign of hare: Tall Cedars Pkwy., Aldie, June 5. A caller reported seeing a snapping turtle in a road. An animal control officer found the turtle, which appeared healthy and uninjured, and returned it to the wild.

Pet Pantry seeks food donations: The Loudoun Pet Pantry is challenging residents of Loudoun County to “Stuff the Bus” with donated pet food to help the animals of families in need. The event will be from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday (rain or shine) at Goose Creek Village, 42780 Creek View Plaza, Ashburn. For information, contact Loudoun County Animal Services at 703-777-0406 or e-mail The Loudoun Pet Pantry’s Web site is

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck