The following were among animal cases received recently by the Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources Animal Management Division. For more information, call 301-499-8300, which provides recorded information on such topics as 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.

Trespassing Squirrel Trapped

New Carrollton, Stanwood St., 8300 block, Feb. 7. A squirrel was found in the basement of a residence. An animal control officer was unable to capture the squirrel, so a trap was set. The squirrel was caught the following day and was removed from the residence by an officer and released in an appropriate area.

Bird Freed From Store

Capitol Heights, Central Ave., 7800 block, Feb. 7. A bird became trapped inside a store. An animal control officer found the bird and took it to a rural area, where it was released.

Mother Dog Eludes Capture

Fort Washington, Tantallon Dr., 600 block, Feb. 10. Animal Management received a call about a stray mixed German shepherd that had just given birth to three puppies in the back yard of a residence. An animal control officer was unable to catch the mother dog, which ran away. A humane trap was set for the mother dog, and the puppies were taken to the shelter where it was determined they were not newborn, but approximately 2 to 3 months old. They were to be held for five days, pending the capture of the mother. After five days, they were to be offered for adoption.

Stray Injured Ferret

Landover, Forrest Rd. E., 7000 block, Feb. 8. An injured ferret found in a residence was placed in a cardboard box awaiting pickup by Animal Control. An animal control officer took the ferret to the shelter where it was found to be suffering from an eye wound. The ferret was held at the shelter for reclamation by an owner, but had to be euthanized because of its injury.

Elusive Cat Hides in Vehicle

Hyattsville, Riggs Rd., 6800 block, Feb. 12. Animal Management received a call about a stray cat that was found in a vehicle at a car dealership. The cat had been in the vehicle for several days and had managed to elude several people who attempted to capture it. An animal control officer was eventually able to catch the cat with assistance from dealership employees. The cat was taken to the shelter where it was being held.

Pet Adoptions Available

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society will offer dog and cat adoptions from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at PetsMart, Gateway Center, 4500 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. 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

-- Barbara Hinton