The following were among animal cases received recently by the Montgomery County Animal Services Division. For more information, call 240-773-5054. This number contains recorded information on such topics as directions to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, hours of operation, adoption and licensing procedures, upcoming rabies clinics and low-cost neutering.

Owner of Loose Pit Bull Fined

Copen Meadow Drive, Nov. 17. Montgomery County Police requested assistance in capturing a loose pit bull. Two animal services officers caught the brindle-colored male pit bull and took it to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. Its owner claimed the dog the next day after paying impoundment and boarding fees of $66. The owner also was issued a citation and charged $100, the fine for allowing a dog to run loose.

Woman Bitten Helping Feral Cats

Bethesda, Rannoch Rd., 6000 block, Nov. 18. A woman who had been feeding feral cats in her neighborhood attempted to trap one of the animals to take it to her veterinarian. She caught the animal, but the black male domestic short-hair bit her hand. An animal services officer instructed the woman to keep the cat quarantined inside her house for 10 days. If the cat remained healthy at the end of the quarantine period, no further rabies evaluation would be necessary.

Live Rooster Ordered Removed

Wheaton, Dalewood Dr., 12000 block, Nov. 19. A rooster was reported to be tied to a residential front porch and crowing all day. An animal services officer spoke to the residence's owner, who said the rooster was to be Thanksgiving dinner. Since keeping fowl in a residential area is illegal, the officer gave the owner 24 hours to remove the live rooster from the property.

Guinea Pigs Taken to Shelter

Bethesda, Charlcote Rd., 5000 block, Nov. 20. An animal services officer investigated the condition of two guinea pigs reported to be kept outside at a residence and found the rodents in a wire mesh cage with no solid bottom sitting on damp grass. The owner was not at home. The officer left a note for the owner, removed the guinea pigs and took them to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. The owner claimed the animals after paying impoundment and boarding fees of $102. She was also issued a warning for proper care of the animals.

Pets Available for Adoption

Dogs, cats and other pets will be available for adoption through the Montgomery County Humane Society Mobile Adoption Unit, which is scheduled to visit the following location. To confirm the schedule, call 240-773-5966 or visit

Silver Spring

1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday


12020 Cherry Hill Rd.

Pet pictures with Santa

Polaroid photo, $9.95.

-- Christine Swerda