Category Archives: Animal Protection Police

A Deadly Mistake: How to Protect Your Pets in the Heat

The sizzling temperatures are here! Do not leave your pets in your car, even for a few minutes. In June to September of last year we had 22 confirmed cases of dogs left in  cars in Fairfax County, including one death. Rolling down the windows has little effect on the temperature inside a car. High temps can cause organ damage and

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Orphaned or Abandoned Deer Fawns – Don’t be a Fawn Kidnapper!

White-tailed deer fawns are born April through July, with the majority of fawns born in June. It is common for people to encounter white-tailed deer fawns motionless and without their mother, then mistakenly assume it is orphaned or abandoned. In almost all cases, fawns are only temporarily left by their mothers for protection and need no human intervention. Female deer, called does,

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Be Bear Aware – It’s the Season for Bear Sightings

Spring is the time when black bears and cubs emerge from their winter dens; typically between mid-March to early May in Virginia. Bears typically avoid humans, but may wander into suburban areas in their search for food. Bears are attracted by bird feeders, garbage, outdoor pet food, compost piles, fruit trees, and berry-producing shrubs. If addressed quickly, situations can be

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Bountiful Baby Wildlife; Let Them Stay Wild

Springtime is here and that means warmer temperatures, frogs calling, Virginia bluebells, and baby animals. Animal Protection Police, wildlife rehabilitators and animal caretakers receive the most calls about baby wildlife in spring and summer. In Fairfax County, residents frequently find young, wild animals that appear to be orphaned or abandoned and seek help from wildlife professionals to treat or raise

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UPDATE: Great Falls-Area Fox Tested Positive for Rabies

A rabies test on the fox that bit a 71-year-old woman and attacked a house cat in the Great Falls area on March 7 returned positive. The Health Department is working with the woman to provide appropriate care. The cat continues to be quarantined. Rabies is a disease caused by a virus that can infect both people and animals. People usually

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Fox Bites Woman Several Times, Later Attacks House Cat; Animal Protection Police Collect Animal for Testing

Reston Police District – Animal Protection Police Officers (APP) responded for a report of a fox that bit a 71-year-old woman multiple times today (March 7). The woman was walking in the 600 block of Ad Hoc Road, in Great Falls, around 3 p.m. when the fox approached from behind and bit her multiple times in the lower body. She

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Join Our Ranks! #BeFCPD

Today, we are launching our #BeFCPD recruiting campaign. We are currently hiring Police Officers, Animal Protection Police Officers and Crossing Guards. As one of the largest law enforcement agencies in Virginia, the Fairfax County Police Department offers multiple career tracks and ample opportunity for promotion. Our eight patrol districts cover a diverse area, from urban centers to rural farmland. A

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