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.

Loitering Shepherd Nabbed

Highland, Eliot Dr., 13300 block, 8:42 p.m. March 10. A report was received that a German shepherd had been lingering on a property for three days. Animal control officers, en route March 11 to get the dog, were told that a reportedly aggressive German shepherd was on Russell Zepp Drive nearby. The officers responded to that location and captured a German shepherd, which turned out to be the same dog reported on the Eliot Drive property. The dog, which was playful and not aggressive, was returned to its owner.

Trespassing Cat Freed

Columbia, Vantage Point Rd., 5500 block, 11:15 a.m. March 11. A female reported that her cat was locked inside a neighbor's home for about a week. The cat owner said the neighbors were out of town and an occasional house sitter may have let the cat inside the house. An animal control officer responded and saw the apparently healthy cat inside the residence by the front door. An official notice was left for the resident or caretaker to contact Animal Control to help return the cat to its owner. With no response to the notice, Animal Control obtained a search-and-seizure warrant March 13. With help from police and fire department personnel, animal control officials entered the residence and removed the cat. It was taken to a veterinarian for examination and found to be in good condition. The cat will be returned to its owner.

-- Compiled by Linda James