The following were among recent animal cases received 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.

2 Dogs Euthanized After Being Shot

Brandywine, Brandywine Heights Rd., 14400 block, Nov. 13. A resident heard gunshots near his home and saw two injured dogs run into a neighbor's yard. One of the dogs, a black male mixed German shepherd, had been shot in the left front leg, which was almost completely severed. The second, a black female mixed Labrador retriever, appeared to have been shot in the neck or chest and was bleeding profusely. Both dogs collapsed at the scene. An animal control officer rushed them to a nearby animal hospital, where life-sustaining measures were used. The owners of both dogs were located, and they gave permission to euthanize the animals.

Wild Turkey Surprise

Oxon Hill, Wheeler Rd., 4000 block, Nov. 14. Two large wild turkeys were seen running in a gas station parking lot. An animal control officer was unable to locate the birds.

Dog and Cat Abandoned

Largo, Amboy Ct., 100 block, Nov. 14 and 15. A dog and cat were apparently abandoned inside a vacant residence. An animal control officer Nov. 14 saw the animals through a window. The following day, with assistance from Prince George's County police, the animals were rescued. The black female chow chow and neutered black cat were taken to the shelter for further evaluation.

Five Horses on the Loose

Accokeek, Livingston Rd., 16300 block, Nov. 14. Five horses were seen running loose, but an animal control officer was unable to find them.

Raccoon-Killing Dog Had Shots

Lanham, Buena Vista Ave., 10300 block, Nov. 19. A dog pursued a raccoon and killed it. The dog's owner put the raccoon in a plastic bag and contacted Animal Management. An animal control officer, finding no one at the residence, picked up the dead raccoon, which had been left by the mailbox, and left an incident report asking the owner to contact Animal Management. The owner verified the dog's rabies vaccination the following day.

Animals Abandoned in Eviction

Capitol Heights, Akin Ave., 20 block, Nov. 19. A brown and black male German shepherd, a black and brown female mixed German shepherd and two female gray tabby cats were found abandoned at the scene of an eviction. They were taken to the shelter.

Errant Cow Brought Home

Clinton, Woodyard Road, Nov. 19. An animal control officer caught a cow that was seen running loose along Woodyard Road. The owners were located and the cow was returned to them.

Spaying and Neutering Clinic

The SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George's County offers low-cost spaying and neutering for dogs and cats. Prices start at $25, depending on the animal's weight and sex. The clinic is open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For more information or to make appointments, call 301-324-0807 or visit

-- Barbara Hinton