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.

Dog Impoundment Granted

COLUMBIA, Oak Bush Ter., 8400 block, 9:10 a.m. April 29. Animal Control received several complaints about fecal material and odor at a residence occupied by an adult female Rottweiler. Through random inspections, Animal Control officers found that the dog's owner had not made recommended corrections. The Animal Matters Hearing Board granted Animal Control permission to impound the dog, which was taken to the animal shelter.

Dog Tied While Owner Shops

COLUMBIA, Little Patuxent Pkwy., 10300 block, 3:43 p.m. May 2. Investigating a report of a black Labrador retriever tied to a Jeep in a shopping mall parking lot, an Animal Control officer found the apparently healthy dog and impounded it. According to county ordinance, an animal cannot be tied untended on public property. The dog's owner claimed the dog the next day and was issued a citation, which carries a $50 fine for the first offense.

Groundhog Left in Trap

COLUMBIA, Thomas William Way, 8400 block, 8:45 a.m. May 3. Investigating a report that a groundhog had been in a trap at a residence for two days, an Animal Control officer found the animal and issued the resident a citation for improper trapping, which carries a $25 fine for the first offense. State regulations require that a trap be checked at least once every 24 hours and that the trapper take appropriate action if an animal has been caught.

Pets Left Behind in Move

ELKRIDGE, Sedgewick Rd., 6400 block, May 3. New residents arrived at a home and found that the previous tenants had left behind several animals. Animal Control officials impounded six cats and five reptiles.

Animal Benefit Sale

Animal Advocates of Howard County will hold its annual yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 22. (Rain date is May 23.) Items for sale will include household goods, toys, furniture, clothing and baked goods. The sale will be held at the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City. Tax-deductible donations of gently used household items will be accepted. Call 410-880-2488 or visit www.animal-advocates.org.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES