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 www.goprincegeorgescounty.com; click on Government, then Agency Index.
Opossum's Trashy Dinner
Forestville, Ritchboro Rd., 8700 block, March 7. A startled homeowner found an opossum helping itself to leftovers in an outside trash can. She contacted Animal Management and was told to try tipping over the trash can, but she was too afraid to do it. An animal control officer captured the healthy opossum and released it in a rural area.
Mitchellville, Tulip Tree Dr., 10200 block, March 6. The owner of an 18-month-old male Doberman requested assistance with the dog, saying it had become aggressive and could no longer be kept at the home. An animal control officer took the dog from a locked kennel to the shelter for further evaluation.
Dog Sheltered After Owner's Arrest
Clinton, Payne Dr., 4000 block, March 8. Animal Management was called to pick up a black mixed Labrador retriever because the owner was being arrested. The dog, which was in good condition, was taken to the shelter. The case was being investigated.
Upper Marlboro, Cameron Grove Blvd., 1 to 100 block, March 9. A resident at an adult living facility called Animal Management for help with a skunk found curled up in a corner on the front porch of a residence. The caller said the skunk appeared to be dead or sick, but that she was too afraid to get close to it. An animal control officer found the skunk alive but extremely sick. The animal was taken to the shelter and euthanized.
Dog Owners Fined
Upper Marlboro, Drexel Gate Lane, 1000 block, March 7. A stray black dog was found tied to a tree in the back yard of a residence. An animal control officer took the male mixed terrier to the shelter. The owner was located and reunited with the terrierafter the owner paid $165 in fines and fees: a $60 redemption fee, a $50 fine for having no county license, a $25 county license fee, $20 for a rabies vaccination and $10 for board.
Seat Pleasant, 64th Ave., 600 block, March 8. A brown dog was found in the yard of a residence. A control officer responded and picked up the young adult male Labrador retriever and took it to the shelter, where it was claimed after its owner paid $140 in fines and fees: a $60 redemption fee, a $50 fine for allowing a dog to run loose, a $25 county license fee and $5 for board.
Stray Dogs Impounded
Bowie, Elegant Ct., 16000 block, March 9. A county police officer caught a stray dog, held it at his home and called Animal Management. An animal control officer picked up the 4-year-old neutered male German shepherd and took it to the shelter to be claimed or adopted.
Capitol Heights, Booker Dr., 800 block, March 7. A 3-month-old brown male shepherd-Rottweiler mix was taken from a residential back yard to the shelter to be claimed or adopted.
Accokeek, Livingston Rd., 14400 block, March 8. A healthy young adult male Labrador retriever was taken from a residential driveway to the shelter to be claimed or adopted.
Capitol Heights, Drum Ave., 600 block, March 8. A healthy, 1-year-old mixed Akita was taken from a residential back yard to the shelter to be claimed or adopted.
Cats and Dogs Available
The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society will offer dog and cat adoptions from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdayat 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 www.pgspca.org.
-- Barbara Hinton