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.

These Ducks Were Quacks

Bowie, Northview Drive, Dec. 13. A caller reported that three ducks appeared to be stuck in frozen ice on a pond, as they had remained immobile for a long time. Animal Management contacted Chesapeake Wildlife Sanctuary for assistance and learned the sanctuary had also received calls about the ducks. An animal control officer found that the "ducks" were decoys.

Squirrel Freed From Electric Box

Hyattsville, Jefferson St., 4300 block, Dec. 13. A squirrel was trapped in an outdoor electrical control box at a residence. An animal control officer freed the uninjured animal and released it in a rural area.

Hawk Refuses to Leave Patio Upper Marlboro, Omar Ct., 6100 block, Dec. 14. A homeowner found a large hawk trapped in her enclosed patio. She propped open the patio door for two days but the hawk would not leave. An animal control officer captured the healthy hawk, which was later released in a rural area.

Bird Trapped in Laundry Room

Clinton, Deka Rd., 12100 block, Dec. 14. A wild bird became trapped in the laundry room of a residence. An animal control officer released it in a natural area.

Injured Deer Pulled From River

Fort Washington, Hatton Point Rd., 12300 block, Dec. 16. Several men noticed an injured deer floating in the Potomac River. They brought the deer to shore and wrapped it in blankets, then contacted Animal Management. An animal control officer took the deer to the shelter, where it was determined that the injuries were substantial. The deer was euthanized.

Pets Available for Adoption

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society will offer dog and cat adoptions from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at PETsMART, Gateway Center, 4500 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. The pets' foster owners will be on hand to answer questions and accept applications. The adoption fee is $190 per dog, $90 per cat. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or visit the Web site at

-- Barbara Hinton