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 directions to the Prince George's County Animal Shelter, hours of operation, and adoption and licensing procedures. The shelter's Web site is at; click on Government, then Agency Index.

Man Seen Beating Dog

Seat Pleasant, 62nd Ave., 700 block, May 3. Animal Management was called about a man reported to be hitting a dog in the face with a metal chain and then throwing the animal down concrete steps. An animal control officer picked up the male adult mixed shepherd, which appeared to have an injury on its muzzle. The dog was taken to a veterinarian. An investigation was continuing.

Kitten Rescued From Dryer Hose

Temple Hills, Roberts Dr., 6400 block, May 2. Animal Management was called about a kitten trapped inside a large air hose attached to an electric clothes dryer. An animal control officer rescued the gray female kitten and took it to the shelter for evaluation.

Duck Feared Injured Flies Away

Laurel, Phillip Ct., 14600 block, May 3. A duck that appeared to be injured was found in a grassy area behind a residential building. The duck flew away when approached by an animal control officer.

Opossum Removed From Trap

Capitol Heights, Central Ave., 7300 block, May 3. Animal Management was called about an opossum that had been caught inside a trap at a residence for two hours. The wildlife trap had been authorized by the Department of Natural Resources. An animal control officer removed the animal and returned it to the wild.

Elephants, Camels, Dogs, Oh My!

Mitchellville, Queen Anne Rd., 18100 block, May 3. An animal control officer, with assistance from a Health Department employee, inspected a one-day circus that had two elephants, two camels, one horse and several dogs. The circus passed the inspection.

Owner Fined in Dog's Escape

Camp Springs, Old Branch Ave., 6500 block, May 3. Animal Management was called about a large, stray black dog lying in a yard under a tree. An animal control officer picked up the adult male German shepherd, which had a silver collar and tag. The officer located the owner; the dog was returned after the owner paid fees totaling $100.

Pets Available for Adoption

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society will offer pet adoptions from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Petsmart, 9041 Snowden Rd., Columbia. The pets' foster owners will be on hand to answer questions and accept applications. The adoption fee is $180 per dog; $115 per cat. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or go to the Web site,

Cat and Dog Vaccinations

Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society will offer vaccinations for dogs and cats, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, at the Spay/Neuter Clinic, 8210 D'Arcy Rd., Forestville. Rabies shots are $8; distemper shots, $12; microchip ID implants, $25. No appointment is necessary; animals should be leashed or in a carrier. A current vaccination record is helpful. Call 301-262-5625 or go to

-- Compiled by BARBARA HINTON