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.

Adventures in dog-sitting: Preston Ct., Ashburn, Aug. 9. A caller reported confining a stray dog in a back yard. An animal control officer impounded the dog, which resembled a hound and Labrador mix, and took it to the shelter because it did not have a microchip ID and did not match lost-dog reports. The shelter found the owner two days later and learned that the dog was being watched by a pet sitter, who reclaimed the dog.

Anger management: Dry Mill Rd. SW, Leesburg, Aug. 9. A caller reported that a large snapping turtle had been hit by a car. An animal control officer took the “angry” snapping turtle to a veterinarian for evaluation and eventual transfer to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.

Steered to safety: Heaters Island Ct., Leesburg, Aug. 13. Black steers were reported to have been walking in and out of a road for three nights. An animal control officer found the two Angus steers, as well as their owner, who put them in a fenced area.

Stray no more: Harry Byrd Hwy., Round Hill, Aug. 14. A caller reported that a dog was running loose in the middle of a road. An animal control officer took the Alaskan-malamute-type dog to the shelter. The owner reclaimed the dog the next day.

A warning worth repeating: Very often in the summer, Loudoun County animal control officers respond to reports of pets left in 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, but it can also be fatal. For information, go to

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck