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 recorded information, including 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.

Police Turn In a Doberman

Fort Washington, Brookview Ter., 4300 block, Feb. 25. Police called Animal Management about a stray Doberman at the preceding location. A control officer took the healthy adult male to the shelter to be claimed or adopted.

Two Dogs Too Hard to Handle

Beltsville, Homes Acres Ter., 10700 block, Feb. 23. Animal Management was called for assistance with a female Rottweiler and a male mixed pit bull. A control officer picked up the healthy dogs and took them to the shelter.

Resident Moves Out, Leaves Dog

Capitol Heights, Elfin Ave., 900 block, Feb. 24. Responding to a call about a dog wandering on a resident's property, Animal Management took the underweight mixed Akita adult male to the shelter. The caller said that the dog belonged to the previous resident, who had moved out several weeks earlier.

Squirrel Finally Takes to Rope

Bowie, Peach Walker Dr., 15900 block, Feb. 24. A squirrel nesting in a wood-burning stove would not climb out via a rope that the homeowner put down the chimney. When a control officer tried to snare the animal, however, it crawled up the rope and left the home. It was last seen running through the yard.

Bull Mastiffs Impounded

Fort Washington, Proxmire Ct., 700 block, Feb. 24. Responding to a call about dogs that appeared to be ill being held in a backyard kennel, Animal Management retrieved two adult bull mastiffs that were locked inside the kennel without access to overhead shelter, food or water. The dogs were in poor condition and were taken to the shelter for care and further evaluation.

Stray Terrier Seized

Fort Washington, Rhame Dr., 13000 block, Feb. 25. Responding to a call about a stray dog running loose in a neighborhood, a control officer picked up a dirty, matted and underweight male mixed terrier and took it to the shelter.

Dogs and Cats Available

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society will offer dog and cat adoptions from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at PETsMART, Beltway Plaza Mall, 6000 Greenbelt Rd., Greenbelt. 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