The following was 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.

Dog Deemed a Potential Danger

Columbia, Lake Elkhorn, Broken Land Parkway and Cradlerock Way, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17. A pit bull that reportedly bit a woman and attacked her Great Pyrenees, which the woman was walking on a leash at a park, has been declared "potentially dangerous" by Animal Control. The pit bull was accused in one other biting incident in the neighborhood. It was to be released to its owner, who was ordered to keep the dog confined.

Animal Advocates Group to Meet

A meeting of Animal Advocates of Howard County will be held at 7 p.m. next Thursday at the Warfield Building, 3410 Courthouse Dr., Ellicott City. The public is invited to hear how members of the organization save animals' lives. For more information, call 410-880-2488.

Dog Winter Safety Tips

Animal control officials remind dog owners of requirements for protecting their pets from winter weather.

A dog kept outdoors for extended periods or left untended must have adequate shelter to protect it from wet weather and to allow the animal to maintain its normal body temperature. Officials suggest using a raised doghouse of appropriate size that has a wind break and dry bedding.

Animals also need extra food to keep them warm and a constant fresh supply of water. Care must be taken to ensure that the water is not frozen. Animals dehydrate very easily in cold weather with low humidity.

-- Compiled by Linda James and Ria Manglapus