The following were among cases received recently by the Montgomery County Animal Services Division. For more information, call 240-773-5054. This number contains recorded information on such topics as directions to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, hours of operation, adoption and licensing procedures, upcoming rabies clinics and low-cost neutering.

Suspected Dog Neglect

Rockville, Hunters Lane, 11000 block, March 31. A dog was reported to have been left outside all night without food or water. An animal services officer found the dog, a very thin Labrador retriever mix, chained in a back yard next to a dog house, with no food or water available. The owners were not home and the dog was taken to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. The investigation was continuing.

Cat Search Yields Weapons

Silver Spring, Rippling Brook Dr., 13000 block, April 3. Animal services received a report of feral cats on a property that had been condemned. An officer found two dead newborn kittens and a colony of feral cats on the property. Housing authorities entered a house on the property and found several guns. Montgomery County police and agents from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms searched the house with a warrant and removed numerous weapons and rounds of ammunition. Animal services officials were to trap the feral cats and take them to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter to be evaluated for adoption.

Pets Available for Adoption

Dogs, cats and other pets will be available for adoption through the Montgomery County Humane Society Mobile Adoption Unit, which is scheduled to visit the following location. To confirm the schedule, call 240-773-5966 or visit


1 to 4 p.m. Saturday


1507 Rockville Pike

Animal Organizations' Events

* The Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League is sponsoring a free "meet and greet" with rescued Great Danes, and will provide information about the breed, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart, 5401 Urbana Pike, Frederick. For more information, call 410-945-5454 or visit

* The Frederick County Humane Society's Kindness-to-Animals Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Frederick County Animal Shelter, 1832 Rosemont Ave., Frederick. The club teaches children 6 to 12 how to take care of a pet and protect it, and usually meets 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at the humane society. Call 301-694-8300 for more information.

Don't Give Live Pets as Gifts

The Montgomery County Humane Society want to remind those celebrating Easter to give stuffed toys as gifts instead of live rabbits or chicks.

Rabbits must be handled with great care and baby chicks grow quickly and adult chickens require a great deal of care and responsibility.

-- Christine Swerda