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.

Cats Invade Apartment

Laurel, Old Lantern Way, 9200 block, 1 p.m. Feb. 27. An apartment leasing office contacted Animal Control about several stray cats that had entered the drop ceiling of a building. Apartment management officials blocked the entry the cats had used and set a humane trap provided by Animal Control.

Dog Trapped Under Car

Laurel, Washington Blvd., 9800 block, 10 a.m. March 6. Animal Control received a report of a dog that was hit by a car and trapped underneath it. By the time an officer arrived at the scene, the dog's owner had taken it to a veterinarian. The condition of the dog was not reported.

Deer Severely Injured by Fence

Columbia, Flicker Pl., 9000 block, 8:15 a.m. March 7. An Animal Control officer responding to a report of a deer stuck in a fence found that the animal had tried to jump the fence and had become stuck between the pickets. The officer tranquilized the deer in order to free it. Because of its injuries, however, the animal was euthanized.

-- Compiled by Alicia Cypress