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.

Stray Labrador Impounded Laurel, Eastbourne Lane, 8900 block, Dec. 30. A stray black dog running loose in a neighborhood was captured and held in a garage. An Animal Management officer took the female Labrador retriever to the shelter, where it was being held for evaluation and possible identification.

Not a Clothes Call for Dryer Bowie, Epsilon Ct., 16000 block, Dec. 30. An Animal Management officer responding to a call about a squirrel caught inside a clothes dryer found instead a small bird. The uninjured bird was removed from the dryer and released in a more appropriate area.

Wandering Poodle Puppy Held Riverdale, 64th Ave., 6200 block, Dec. 30. A control officer retrieved a suspected stray, a black female poodle that had been taken into a residence. The young dog was being held at the shelter for further evaluation and possible identification or adoption.

Troubled Terrier Taken to Shelter Capitol Heights, Southern Ave., 4200 block, Dec. 31. A very small black dog found on the porch of a residence refused food and water. A control officer took the underweight, frightened and slightly aggressive 2-year-old male mixed terrier to the shelter for further evaluation.

Shelter Holds Stray Calico Hyattsville, Cypress Creek Dr., 5700 block, Jan. 3. An Animal Management officer responding to a resident's call about a stray kitten retrieved a 7-month-old female calico cat. It was being held at the shelter for possible adoption.

Squirrel Takes to Bedroom Capitol Heights, Hil-Mar Dr., 6500 block, Jan. 3. An apartment resident called Animal Management after being startled by a squirrel running about in her bedroom. A control officer captured the healthy squirrel and took it to a rural area.

Sad End for Dog Left in Box Riverdale, Powhatan St., 6620 block, Dec. 30. A puppy, 6 to 8 weeks old, was found in a box in front of a store. A woman took the puppy home but called the animal shelter when she noticed that it was shaking and appeared to be ill. A control officer took the puppy to the shelter, where it was found to be suffering from brain damage. It 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. Sunday at PETsMART, Beltway Plaza Mall, 6000 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt. The pets' foster owners will be on hand to answer questions and accept applications. The adoption fees are $180 per dog and $90 per cat. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or visit the Web site at

-- Barbara Hinton