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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.

A bad idea, even with open windows: Fort Evans Rd., Leesburg, Aug. 16. A caller reported that two dogs were confined in a vehicle. An animal control officer found that the vehicle was running and had its windows down, counteracting the air conditioner. The internal temperature ranged from 95 degrees in the shade to 110 degrees in the sun. The outside temperature was 80 degrees. The officer found the owner and asked that the dogs be removed from the vehicle and given water. The owner was reminded about the law regarding dogs confined in vehicles and was issued two citations.

Quail tale: North King St., Leesburg, Aug. 17. A caller reported a young hawk with a broken leg. An animal control officer found an injured quail and took it to a veterinarian for evaluation.

Vulture finds suitable birdhouse: Chadds Ford Ct., Ashburn, Aug. 18. A caller reported that an injured vulture was inside a child’s outdoor playhouse. An animal control officer found that the vulture was healthy and uninjured. It was returned it to the wild.

Dog went to bat: Foxhound Lane, Middleburg, Aug. 18. A caller reported that a dog had contact with an injured bat in a parking lot. An animal control officer took the bat for rabies testing, which was negative.

This dog isn’t a party animal: Sugarland Run Dr., Sterling, Aug. 19. A caller reported confining a stray dog. An animal control officer scanned the German-shepherd-type dog for a microchip ID and identified the owner, who went to the caller’s home. The owner said that the dog had escaped during a party the previous night after a guest had left a sliding-glass door open.

— Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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