The following were among animal cases received recently 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 www.goprincegeorgescounty.com; click on Government, then Agency Index.
Banded Pigeon Makes Stopover
Hyattsville, Riggs Rd., 5900 block, Jan. 20. Animal Management was called about a white bird that was unable to fly and was being held in a recycling bin at a residence. An animal control officer found that the pigeon was wearing an untraceable band, indicating that it may be a privately owned "racing" pigeon. Such birds are known to rest for several days during the course of a journey. The pigeon was to be held for a short while at the shelter and then released to continue its trip.
Squirrel Found in Fireplace
Cheverly, Crest Ave., 2500 block, Jan. 20. A squirrel was found sitting in the fireplace of a residence. An animal control officer advised that chimneys should have screens to prevent wildlife from entering a home. The officer captured the healthy squirrel and released it in a rural area.
Stray Dogs Impounded
Bowie, Kenhill Dr., 2600 block, Jan. 20. A gold-colored dog with a red collar was being held by a county employee after it was found at a county facility. An animal control officer took the well-behaved dog -- a healthy adult female golden retriever -- to the shelter. The dog was returned to its owner, who had to pay fees totaling $70: a $50 fine for allowing a dog to run at large, a $15 redemption fee and $5 for board.
Forestville, Forest Run Dr., 2900 block, Jan. 20. Animal Management was called about a stray black puppy being held at a residence. An animal control officer picked up the male 2-month-old Labrador puppy and took it to the shelter to be claimed or adopted.
Oxon Hill, S. Huron Dr., 100 block, Jan. 20. A resident contacted Animal Management about a stray black dog being held in his front yard. An officer picked up the healthy 8-month-old black Labrador retriever and took it to the shelter to be claimed or adopted.
Riverdale, 62nd Ave., 5600 block, Jan. 20. A resident found a stray brindle-and-white dog and called Animal Management. An animal control officer took the healthy adult male mixed shepherd to the shelter, where it was to be held as a stray.
Cats and Dogs Available
The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society will offer dog and cat adoptions from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, at PETsMART, Orchard Center, 12020 Cherry Hill Rd., Calverton. The pets' foster owners will be on hand to answer questions and accept applications. The adoption fee is $180 per dog, $90 per cat. For more information, call 301-262-5625, or visit the Web site at www.pgspca.org.
-- Barbara Hinton