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.
Lab Dies After Being Hit by Car
Columbia, Route 29 near Shaker Drive, 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Animal Control received a report that two dogs were at large and that one had been hit by a car. The injured dog bit three people who were attempting to help it. An animal control officer arrived and found a black female Labrador retriever with severe injuries. The second dog, possibly a golden retriever, was not located. The Labrador died while being transported to an emergency veterinarian. A test of the body for rabies was negative. The dog's owner was not located.
Stray Cat Loose in Vet's Office
Glenelg, Ten Oaks Rd., 3900 block, 12:52 p.m. Oct. 29. A report was received that a stray cat taken to a veterinarian's office bit a technician and was loose in the office. An animal control officer went to the office and captured a black female longhair cat. The cat was impounded and placed under a 10-day quarantine and was scheduled to be evaluated for adoption at the end of the quarantine.
Father Fined in Dog's Neglect
Elkridge, Montgomery Rd., 5800 block, 11:30 a.m. Nov. 1. A male spaniel-mix dog was given up at the animal shelter by a male owner. The dog's coat was heavily matted and had to be shaved. An animal control officer later contacted the owner about the dog's condition and was told the owner's minor son was not properly caring for the dog. The owner was advised that a minor cannot legally own a dog and that the adult is responsible for the care and maintenance of a pet. The owner was given a $50 citation, the fine for cruelty and neglect of an animal. The dog was made available for adoption.
Owner Dies; Dog Impounded
Elkridge, Rock Glen Dr., 6000 block, 8:09 p.m. Nov. 1. Police requested that Animal Control remove a male beagle from an apartment where its owner was found dead. An animal control officer went to the residence and impounded the dog, which was made available for adoption.
Rottweiler Tangles With Fence
Columbia, Waterloo Rd., 6000 block, 11:30 a.m. Nov. 4. A tied Rottweiler was immobilized by its leash after jumping a fence at its residence. An animal control officer freed the dog and attempted to make corrections but was unable to secure the dog safely. The dog was impounded, and an official notice was left for the owner. Later, the dog was picked up by the owner, who agreed to keep the dog inside until a kennel that was being built for the dog was completed.
-- Compiled by Linda James