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.

Stray Horses Back Out to Pasture

Spencerville, Parrs Ridge Dr., 1000 block, Dec. 17. Responding to a report of 10 stray horses on a homeowner's lawn, an animal services officer called the horses' owner at a farm on Oak Hill Road. The officer and the herd's owner coaxed the animals back into their pasture and discovered that they had escaped through a broken fence near a creek on the farm property. Because of the owner's prompt response and the lack of damage to the caller's property, no charges were filed.

Mouse in the House

Montgomery Village, Horizon Run Rd., 9640 block, Dec. 18. A woman told the Montgomery County Humane Society that she had trapped a mouse under a plastic container. She said she was surprised to have seen a mouse in her house and that she thought the mouse was sick. Humane Society workers reasoned that the mouse might be pregnant and took it to Second Chance Animal Rescue. The mouse died that night, before pregnancy could be confirmed.

Cat Rescued From Storm Drain

Silver Spring, Quebec Ter., 1000 block, Dec. 14. Responding to a report of a cat trapped in a storm drain, Montgomery County Humane Society workers, with the assistance of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, removed the cover from a storm drain and rescued a trapped orange tabby. The kitten has made a full recovery and is scheduled to be adopted.

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


1 to 4 p.m. Saturday


220 Kentlands Blvd.

-- Christine Swerda