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.

Two Reports of Dogs Killing Cats

ELLICOTT CITY, Timberknoll Lane, 9900 block, 8:55 a.m. June 9. Animal Control was investigating a report that a husky dog ran loose and attacked and killed a neighbor's cat.

CLARKSVILLE, Linden Church Rd. E., 12900 block, 9:10 a.m. June 10. A report was received that a cat was attacked and killed in its back yard by a neighbor's dog running loose. The case was continuing.

Leashed Pit Bull Attacks Terrier

COLUMBIA, Harpers Farm Rd., 5900 block, 9:15 a.m. June 10. Several girls were walking a pit bull on a leash and came upon an adult walking two Yorkshire terriers on leashes. The pit bull was able to pull the girls toward the terriers and attacked one of the dogs, causing severe injury. The pit bull could not be located following the incident. The case was continuing.

Housing Inspector Finds Pit Bulls

LAUREL, Blues Alley, 9100 block, 1:07 p.m. June 10. A housing inspector condemning a property because of unsanitary conditions requested help with pit bulls on the premises. Animal Control responded and found three pit bulls in cages inside an apartment. The cages appeared to be too small for the dogs, and the floors of the cages were covered with feces. Also, no water was available. The case was continuing.

Increased Reports of Dog Bites

Animal control officials report an increase in the number of dog bites being reported in the county. According to officials, pet owners are urged to prevent their pets from running loose. Pet owners should also be aware of how their pets act around people and animals and take appropriate steps for confinement. If a muzzle is required, officials suggest purchasing the "basket style" type, which allows the dog to pant and drink water.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES