OPERATION: Protect Livestock

About the Program 

Operation Protect Livestock is a free program for livestock and horse owners offered by Loudoun County Animal Services and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. By registering, owners can be quickly notified if their animals break free from their fenced fields and wander into roadways.

Over the years, Loudoun County Animal Services and the Sheriff's Office have received phone calls indicating that livestock have broken free and are at-large in a particular location. When the Sheriff's Office or Animal Services arrive, the goal is to immediately secure the animals and notify the owner.

Often times however, the owners are not home. By participating in this program, and providing emergency contact information, the we can attempt to contact you while units are en route, as well as provide needed information for the field units while they are on-scene. The goal is to safely secure the livestock before any possible injuries occur to the animal(s).

How it Works

Livestock owners provide LCAS or LCSO with their emergency contact information. When livestock is discovered wandering in roadways or onto the land of another, both departments can search for the address and immediately attempt to reach the livestock owner, any time of the day or night.

Enroll in the Program

Citizens can enroll by email and enrollment should include the following information: 

  • Owner Name
  • Street Address
  • Home Phone
  • Emergency Contact Phone Number (for when away from home)
  • Livestock Location
  • Notes about your livestock

How Does this Program Help You?

By quickly notifying the livestock owner, the animals can be safely returned.

Helpful Resources


The LCAS and LCSO value your privacy. We will attach your emergency contact phone numbers to your address contained in the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system (the 911 Computer) to be accessed by 911 Dispatchers. We will protect furnished information to the extent it can be protected from release under the limitations of the provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (§2.2-3700).