The following were 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.

Husky and Puppy Found

Ellicott City, W. Springs Dr., 3200 block, 3:20 p.m. Feb. 7. A female husky and its new puppy were found near a trash receptacle and brought to the Animal Shelter. Animal control officers went searched for more puppies but found none. The mother was made available for adoption, but the puppy must wait until it is 8 weeks old.

Puppy's Owner Fined

Laurel, Saddlebrook Ct., 10500 block, 12:20 p.m. Feb. 11. Animal Control received a report of a Labrador retriever puppy being kept outside without food, water or shelter. An officer found the puppy in the condition reported and the residence unoccupied. The puppy was impounded, and notice was left for the owner to make required corrections. The officer returned two days later and met with the owner. All corrections were made, and the puppy was released back to the owner, who was issued a $50 citation, the fine for cruelty and neglect.

Loitering Shepherd Trapped

Fulton, Reservoir Rd., 8600 block, 8:30 a.m. Feb. 13. A shepherd-breed dog was reported hanging around the area. Animal control officers set a humane trap, and the dog was captured about two hours later. The dog was in good condition and was held at the shelter.

-- Compiled by Alicia Cypress