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Prince George's County Animal Watch

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The following cases were received recently by the Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources Animal Management Group. Call 301-780-7200 for directions to the county animal shelter, hours of operation and adoption and licensing procedures. The shelter's Web site is at

Where there's one snake . . .

ACCOKEEK, Mattawoman Way and Mattawoman Dr., May 31. A man reported a snake entangled in a mesh outside his home. An officer removed a healthy blacksnake and returned it to the wild. The man also complained of a snake infestation on his property. He was advised of two options: purchase a snake-repellent powder and place it around the home, or contact a professional wildlife solutions company.

Six surprises in the closet

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Nova Ave., 1500 block, June 1. Someone reported finding six baby raccoons in a bedroom closet while moving a window air conditioner. The caller said they might have gained entry through a hole in the closet wall. An officer removed the raccoons and transferred them to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Injured puppy returns home

ACCOKEEK, Chatsworth Dr., 900 block, June 4. A woman reported having found a stray puppy that was limping from an apparent injury to its legs. An animal control officer picked up a 4-year-old black male Labrador retriever wearing a silver choke chain. The owner was located, and the dog was returned home June 12.

A cry brings poodle help

RIVERDALE AREA, Quintana St., 6000 block, June 6. Animal management received a report of a sick dog that was crying and panting with saliva hanging from its mouth in a yard. An officer picked up a 3-year-old white male miniature poodle wearing a green nylon collar. The dog was reunited with his owner June 8.

Home vacant, but not its deck

BELTSVILLE, Cherry Hill Ct., 3500 block, June 6. An animal control officer picked up a 3-year-old white female Shih Tzu found tied under a deck in the yard of a vacant home. The owner was found, and the dog went home June 9.

Vaccination clinic Saturday

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society is sponsoring a low-cost shot clinic for dogs and cats from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at 8210 D'Arcy Rd., Forestville. Rabies shots are $8; distemper shots are $12. Microchip IDs are $25. Only cash and credit cards are accepted as payment. All animals must be on a leash or in a carrier. Owners should bring an up-to-date rabies certificate. For information, call 301-262-5625.

-- Compiled by Jillian S. Sowah

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