The following were among animal cases handled recently by the Howard County Division of Animal Control. The Howard County Animal Shelter is open for pet adoptions from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. other weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, except holidays. For more information, call 410-313-2780.

Sanitation Conditions at Issue Columbia, Oak Bush Ter., 8400 block, 11:35 a.m. Oct. 10. Animal Control received a complaint that a Rottweiler was being kept on a deck that had become built up with filth. A review showed that the owner had six prior citations for having a pet at large, cruelty and neglect, failure to obtain licensing and odor annoyance. Based on the new complaint, the Howard County Health Department has been notified. An Animal Control officer is working with the owner to improve the pet's sanitation situation. The case was continuing.

Jindo Untangled From Fence Ellicott City, Harrington Dr., 3400 block, 2:50 p.m. Oct. 15. Animal Control received a report that a dog chained with a choke collar in a fenced back yard had been dangling outside the yard, its chain snagged on the fence. The caller removed the collar and put the dog back in the yard. Animal Control went to the home and talked with the owner about corrective measures that would ensure a safe confinement for the pet Jindo. The case was continuing.

The Cat in the Can Columbia, Davis Rd., 8500 block, 5 p.m. Oct. 16. Animal Control personnel found a gray cat in a trash bin, its head caught inside a food can. The cat was "fished out" of the trash bin and taken to a veterinarian, who safely extracted the animal from the can. The 1 1/2-year-old tabby was observed overnight, declared to be in good health and made available for adoption.

Halloween and Pets' Safety Animal Control officials advise keeping your dog or cat confined to a room away from the door being opened repeatedly for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Costumes and the unusual activity make some pets nervous, act out of character or simply try to escape. At the very least, keep your pets inside for the evening. Also, most Halloween treats are not good for animals. Keep candy, especially chocolate, away from dogs. If they do manage to get hold of chocolate, call a veterinarian to determine if treatment is necessary.

-- Compiled by Linda James