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.

Dog missing for a year returns: Poplar Ct., Sterling, July 19. A caller reported a stray Australian cattle dog in a back yard. An animal control officer found that the dog had a microchip ID and contacted the microchip company. The dog had been missing for a year, and its owner had moved to Colorado. The dog appeared healthy and uninjured. The owner made arrangements with a friend to take the dog to Colorado.

Get a horse! John S. Mosby Hwy., Aldie, July 20. Two horses were seen on a highway. An animal control contacted the owner, who walked the horses back across the highway to a barn.

Don’t tread on me: Carrieigh Ct., Ashburn, July 22. A caller reported a black snake wrapped around a vehicle tire. An animal control officer returned the snake to the wild.

Small but aggressive: Allder School Rd., Purcellville, July 24. Goats were reported to be chasing people in a school parking lot. An animal control officer took the two adult African pygmy goats to the animal shelter.

Say aloha to a new friend: Loudoun County Animal Services is throwing “The Cat’s Meow Luau” from Monday through Aug. 20 at the Loudoun County Animal Shelter, 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford. There will be discounted adoption packages for all cats, as well as for rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and lovebird. During the event, cat adopters can enter a drawing for a chance to win a special prize. To see animals available for adoption, go to

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck