The following were among animal cases received recently by the Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources Animal Management Division. Call 301-499-8300 for directions to the Prince George's County Animal Shelter, hours of operation, and adoption and licensing procedures. The shelter's Web site is at; click on Government, then go to Department & Agency Index.

Snake Eats Pet Birds

TEMPLE HILLS, Fisher Rd., 5900 block, June 28. A resident reported that a snake was curled up in a bird cage on an apartment balcony. The rat snake had apparently eaten two finches that had been left in the cage. An animal control officer took the snake to the shelter; it was later returned to the wild.

Dogs Held in Raccoon Death

OXON HILL, Owens Rd., 2000 block, June 28. Animal Management received a report of a mutilated dead raccoon in a residential back yard. The raccoon had possibly been killed by two dogs belonging to the caller. The dogs had no visible bites or scratches. An animal control officer picked up the raccoon's remains, which were sent for rabies testing. The two dogs, a male Akita and a male mixed chow-chow, were impounded and placed under a six-month quarantine status because the owner could not show proof of current rabies vaccines for either dog. The case was continuing.

Goat Tied Up at City Hall

COLLEGE PARK, Knox Rd., 4500 block, June 29. Animal Management received a report of a goat tied up at College Park City Hall. The goat was taken to the shelter. Animal control officials later learned that the goat's owner had left the animal with a relative, and that it was supposed to have been picked up by a farmer to whom the goat was given. The case was continuing.

Peacock Was No Show-Off

UPPER MARLBORO, Heartwood Lane, 7700 block, June 28. A resident reported seeing a peacock running loose in the area. An animal control officer could not locate the bird.

Harassed Rooster Rescued

OXON HILL, Marcy Ave., 1100 block, June 28. An animal control officer picked up a small, black and tan rooster being held in the back yard of a residence. It had been in the area for two days, and children had been seen chasing and throwing rocks at it. It was taken to the shelter.

Owner Claims Ailing Spaniel

CLINTON, Windbrook Dr., 12900 block, June 28. A stray dog was reported to be sitting under a tree at a residence. The neutered male 16-year-old buff cocker spaniel was unable to stand or walk, its ears appeared to be infected and matted and its breathing was labored. The dog was taken to a veterinary hospital; a veterinarian said that it had an enlarged heart and should be on medication. Its owner was identified after placing a lost-dog report with Animal Management. The dog was claimed after the owner paid $148 in fines and fees and was advised to take the dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Chow Chow Given Shelter

RIVERDALE, Eastpine Dr., 5900 block, June 28. A puppy was tied to a fence at a park without access to food, water, shelter or shade. The caller who reported the case had given the dog water. An animal control officer picked up the brown and black, female chow chow puppy. It was in good condition and was being held as a stray at the shelter.

Opossum Trapped in Yard

LAUREL, Radnor Lane, 12400 block, June 28. An animal control officer picked up an opossum from a trap in the back yard of a residence. A resident at the location was advised of the county trapping regulations. The apparently healthy opossum was returned to the wild.

Stray Bulldog Impounded

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Walker Mill Dr., 7000 block, June 28. An animal control officer picked up a brindle and white, male American bulldog from the front of a business. It had a collar but no identification. The dog's possible owner was identified and advised of the fines and fees that would have to be paid before the dog could be claimed.

Rottweiler Picked Up

FORT WASHINGTON, Autumnwood Lane, 11900 block, June 27. Animal Management received a report from the SPCA about a Rottweiler frequently seen running loose and chasing people. An animal control officer picked up the large, 6-year-old female from the yard of its owners. It did not have access to shelter and was panting heavily. The dog had a large growth on its right side and a smaller growth on its mammary gland. There was no license or rabies information about this dog in the records at Animal Management. The dog's owner paid $20 in fees and took the dog to a veterinarian for medical evaluation. The case was continuing.

Cat Removed, but Only One

UPPER MARLBORO, Crain Hwy., 10000 block, June 24. Animal Management received a report that county police were at the residence of man who had just died and that 20 cats needed to be removed. An animal control officer saw several containers of cat food but only one cat, which was hiding amid piles of trash and debris. A trap was set, and the 10-year-old female domestic shorthair calico was captured June 29. It was taken to the shelter to be held as a stray. A second animal control officer discovered a box turtle that had managed to get into the car. It was relocated and released to the wild.

Cats and Dogs Available

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society will offer cat adoptions from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 6181 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia. The society will offer dog adoptions from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the White Flint Petsmart, 5154 Nicholson Lane, Kensington. The animals' foster caretakers will answer questions and accept adoption applications. The adoption fee is $115 per cat, $180 per dog. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or go to

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN