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 Agency Index.

Kitten Has Engine Trouble Temple Hills, Joan Lane, 5700 block, Oct. 4. A 4-month-old kitten became trapped in the engine compartment of a vehicle. An Animal Management officer freed the kitten, determined that it was healthy and unharmed, and returned it to its owner, who was advised of the Prince George's County leash law.

Snake in Stereo

Bowie, Elan Court, 3900 block, Oct. 9. A black snake got inside a residence and settled in a stereo rack in the family room. An Animal Management officer captured the healthy reptile and released it in a rural area.

Doves Found Under Vehicle College Park, Westchester Park Dr., 6000 block, Oct. 9. Animal Management was contacted about two birds that appeared to have injuries that prevented them from flying. An officer found two "very thin" doves beneath a vehicle. It was determined that they were uninjured but malnourished. They were taken to Chesapeake Wildlife Sanctuary, where they were to be fed and cared for until ready for release.

Trapped Oppossums Freed Lanham, Naval Ave., 6300 block, Oct. 9. An Animal Management officer was called to a residence where a homeowner had trapped two opossums. The officer released the healthy animals in a rural area.

Strays Impounded Riverdale, 64th Ave., 5800 block, Oct. 11. A homeowner trapped a black, long-haired stray adult cat in an upside-down laundry basket held down by bricks. The female cat, which didn't appear to be healthy, was picked up by Animal Management and taken to the shelter for evaluation.

Capitol Heights, Urn St., 4300 block, Oct. 11. A small, black and brown stray dog was taken in by a homeowner. An Animal Management officer identified the healthy female dog as a 1-year-old miniature pinscher. The dog was being held at the shelter.

Dog and Cat Adoptions The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society will offer dog and cat adoptions at the following location Nov. 2. The pets' foster owners will be on hand to answer questions and accept adoption applications. The adoption fees are $190 per dog and $90 per cat. For more information, call 301-262-5625, or visit


Noon-3 p.m. Nov. 2


Orchard Center

12020 Cherry Hill Rd.

-- Barbara Hinton