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Montgomery Animal Watch

Thursday, April 21, 2005;

The following were among cases received recently by the Montgomery County Animal Services Division. For more information, call 240-773-5054. This number provides recorded information on such topics as Montgomery County Animal Shelter hours and location, adoption and licensing procedures, rabies clinics and low-cost neutering.

Owner Fined $1,750 in Dog's Escape

GERMANTOWN, Nutmeg Pl., 18000 block, April 7. An animal services officer on patrol saw a black female pit bull running loose. He caught the dog and took it to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. This was the second time the dog had been impounded for running loose. The next day, an officer visited the dog's owner, who said she didn't want the dog back. The officer issued her three citations: one for allowing a dog to run at large, one for not having a dog current on its rabies shot and one for having an unlicensed dog. All three citations charged second offenses, and the total fine was $1,750.

Dog Left in Car; Owner Fined

KENSINGTON, Nicholson Lane, 5000 block, April 7. A dog was left in a car in a parking lot with the vehicle's windows rolled up. An officer evaluated the dog's condition. He appeared active and with no immediate signs of distress. The owner returned to her vehicle and let the dog out. The officer offered the dog water, and although it drank readily, it was apparently not in need of veterinary care. The owner was cited under Montgomery County traffic law for leaving a dog in a motor vehicle, which carries a $55 fine.

Accident Victim's Dog Rescued

BETHESDA, Rockville Pike, 9400 block, April 4. Montgomery County police at an apartment investigated the welfare of a elderly man reported to have Alzheimer's disease. The man was not at the residence, but police found a male beagle, which apparently had been left alone for several days. An animal services officer arrived, posted notice on the apartment door of the dog's impoundment and took the beagle to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. Animal Services later learned that the man had gone for a walk and been injured by a car. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was recovering from injuries. The dog owner's daughter called the shelter and made arrangements to pick up the dog.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL


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