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Posted on: May 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Loudoun County Animal Services Seeking Information on Third Cat Shooting in Recent Weeks

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Loudoun County Animal Services (LCAS) is conducting an investigation into the shooting of a cat in the area of Tavernsprings Court in Ashburn on May 5, 2020, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The cat is currently undergoing treatment for its injuries. 

This is the third such incident to take place in the county over the last month. The first incident took place early April in Hamilton and the second occurred April 24 in Sterling. Officers are currently investigating all three incidents, which occurred close to the respective owners’ homes and during daylight hours. 

The Department of Animal Services asks anyone with information regarding these crimes to call 703-777-0406. All personal contact information can remain anonymous. 

There is currently no law in Loudoun County prohibiting cats from roaming. However, given these incidents, LCAS recommends residents keep cats inside when possible and monitor them closely when outside. If property owners are concerned about stray cats on their property, they are encouraged to call the department at 703-777-0406 for advice on management. 

Under Section 3.2 of the Code of Virginia, any person who willfully inflicts inhumane injury or pain to a dog or cat and causes serious bodily injury can be charged with a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500. Serious bodily injury is defined as injury that involves substantial risk of death, extreme physical pain, protracted and obvious disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty as confirmed by a licensed veterinarian. Any person convicted of violating this section may be prohibited by the court from possession or ownership of companion animals.

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