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.

Two Dogs Ordered Cleaned Gaithersburg, Kelso Ter., 8700 block, Jan. 30. A dog was reported to be running loose in a neighborhood, barking constantly and defecating on property throughout the neighborhood. An animal services officer found two dogs, a Shih Tzu and an Australian shepherd mix, in a yard littered with garbage and feces, with no shelter, food or water. The Shih Tzu's nails had been neglected for so long that they were curling under. The Shih Tzu was taken to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, but the shepherd ran under an enclosed deck and could not be removed. The dogs' owner was issued a $500 animal cruelty citation and an order to correct the dogs' living conditions. A subsequent check of the premises revealed the owner had complied with the order.

Tunneling Beagle Rescued

Rockville, Parkvale Rd., 14400 block, Jan. 28. A pedestrian passing by a residence rescued a beagle that was tied to a tree in a yard and was choking under a fence where it had apparently tried to dig its way out. The rescuer contacted animal services and an officer found the dog had been left outside without food, water or shelter. The officer removed the dog into protective custody at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. The dog's owners responded and the dog was returned with an order to correct the conditions and a warning citation. A follow-up visit showed the owner had complied with the order.

Owner Surrenders Dog to Shelter

Wheaton, Brightview St., 3600 block, Jan. 28. Two black, German shepherd-type dogs were reported to be in a fenced back yard without adequate shelter from the cold. An animal services officer spoke with the dogs' owner, who later surrendered them to the Montgomery County Humane Society, where they were made available for adoption.

Aggressive Dog Impounded

Wheaton, Livingston St., 12100 block, Jan. 28. A dog was reported to be tied to a three-foot-long rope in a back yard and unable to reach its shelter. The dog barked incessantly and was reportedly kept outside all day without food. An animal services officer found the thin, very aggressive dog tethered to a thick rope with hooks at either end, in a yard littered with sticks, cans, trash, mattresses and bed frames. The tan Rottweiler-pit bull mix was removed into protective custody of the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. An owner had not claimed the dog. Aggressive dogs are seldom deemed suitable for adoption.

Dog Owner Fined $500

Silver Spring, Walden Rd., 9100 block, Jan. 27. A dog was reported to be left outside a home all day without food, shelter or water. An animal services officer found a dog in an unsecured yard on a day when the wind-chill factor was 11 degrees. No owner was at the home, so the dog was taken into protective custody and taken to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. The owner was issued a $500 citation, the fine assessed in cases of animal cruelty.

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 schedules, call 240-773-5966 or visit www.mchumane.org.

Rockville

1 to 4 p.m. Saturday

PetCo

1507 Rockville Pike

-- Christine Swerda