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.

Police Confront Two Pit Bulls

Wheaton, Faroe St., 4500 block, Dec. 2. Montgomery County police asked the Animal Services Division for help with two aggressive male pit bulls. One of the dogs had bitten a neighbor of the animals' owner, who was not home, and the officers were unable to control the dogs. One of the aggressive dogs was shot and killed by the officers and the other dog remained at large. An animal services officer found the remaining pit bull contained inside the owner's house. The dead dog was taken to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, then sent for rabies testing. The test was negative. The case was continuing.

Injured Dog Found in Vehicle

Silver Spring, New Hampshire Avenue, Dec. 3. A person reported that a dog left inside an unlicensed van at a shopping center parking lot appeared to be injured. An animal services officer found a wound on the dog's head and took the mixed pit bull to a nearby veterinary hospital for treatment. An owner did not come forward to claim the dog during the six-day holding period and the dog, which required extensive medical treatment, was euthanized.

Dog Bites Burglary Investigator

Silver Spring, Tanley Rd., 700 block, Dec. 3. While responding to a report of a residential burglary in progress, a Montgomery County police officer was bitten by the resident's German shepherd. The officer was treated at a nearby hospital for bite wounds. The dog was placed under 10-day, in-home quarantine. If the dog remains healthy at the end of the quarantine period, there is no further concern for rabies exposure.

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 locations. To confirm the schedules, call 240-773-5966 or visit


1 to 4 p.m. Saturday


1507 Rockville Pike


1 to 4 p.m. Sunday


220 Kentlands Blvd.

New Dog Law for Cold Weather

Animal services officials remind pet owners during winter months of a new law that went into effect on June 25 regarding proper shelter protecting dogs against the weather. Owners must have a doghouse available for outside dogs and the doghouse must meet standards, including:

* Construction materials of wood or fiberglass.

* A raised shelter at least two inches off the ground.

* No cracks or openings other than the entrance.

* The entrance to the doghouse must have an overhang and be protected from the wind.

* The inside of the doghouse must contain nonabsorbing bedding such as wood chips or straw.

* The doghouse should be large enough for the dog to turn around in but small enough to retain body heat.

* People who see a dog in distress during the winter months should call the Animal Services Division at 240-773-5960. The fine for a violation of this law is $500.

-- Christine Swerda