The following were among animal cases received recently by the Anne Arundel County Animal Control facility. For more information, call 410-222-8900.

Captured Pig Goes a Little Hog Wild

Odenton area, Nov. 30, 2002. An animal control officer on patrol found a black potbellied pig roaming a street, caught it with a catchpole and took it to the animal control facility.

The young 50-pound male, named Pork Chop, was friendly and would respond with a grunt when spoken to, according to animal control. The pig, however, would get excited and try to escape its cage by charging at the door, and it also tried to bite a technician's boot when blocked from escaping.

The owner, who was identified after an investigation, claimed the pig Dec. 3, explaining that Pork Chop had escaped from a pen.

A Wild Rooster Chase

Millersville, Veterans Hwy., 8400 block, Dec. 2. Animal control was called after a black-and-white rooster was found crowing in bushes in front of county police headquarters. An animal control officer netted the bird near an adjacent industrial park after chasing it three times around the police building. The bird was being held as stray at the animal control facility.

Two Lizards Survive House Fire

Pasadena, E. Pasadena Rd., Nov. 28. Two bearded lizards were in animal control's care after surviving in an aquarium during a house fire on Thanksgiving day. A pet German shepherd and a cockatiel died at the house, whose owners were away during the incident. The owners planned to claim the lizards after finding a new residence.

-- Sharon Fanning