The following incident was among animal cases handled recently by the Howard County Division of Animal Control. The Howard County Animal Shelter is open for pet adoptions from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. other weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, except holidays. For more information, call 410-313-2780.

Search for Cat Proves Fruitless

Columbia, Snowden Square Shopping Center, Snowden River Parkway, 11:35 p.m. Jan. 22. Animal control searched for a cat that was reported to have been struck by a vehicle in a shopping center parking lot and then disappear into the sewer system. Members of the county's Highway Department assisted with removal of manhole covers and a search for the cat in the sewer system, but the animal was not found.

26 Cold-Weather Neglect Cases

Animal Control has responded to 26 calls for cruelty and neglect investigations this month because of recent extreme weather conditions. Animals were left outside with frozen water sources or lack of proper shelter or no shelter at all.

Officials remind residents that pets need clean water, free of debris and unfrozen, to prevent dehydration. A proper shelter that meets minimum legal standards must provide protection from the elements and allow the animal to maintain its normal internal body temperature. To meet the legal standard, a dog house shell must be the proper size, elevated and clean, and have insulation, dry bedding and a windbreak.

Officials encourage pet owners to bring their pets inside during extreme temperatures.

-- Compiled by Linda James