The following was among cases received recently by Anne Arundel County Animal Control. For more information, call 410-222-8900.

Family, Long-Lost Dog Reunited

PASADENA, Chesterfield Area, June 21. A spitz that had been lost for almost two years was turned over to animal control by a man who said he had found it in his neighborhood, in the 3000 block of Marble Arch Drive, Pasadena. The dog's owner, Deborah Robinson, said she was shocked to learn that her white pet, named Casper, had been recovered. Robinson, who lives on Brookhaven Road near where her dog was found, said that Casper, at least 10 years old, might have been cared for by another family and was overweight when surrendered to animal control.

Animal control tracked down Robinson through the pet's microchip ID, which lists her work number. Before animal control called, Robinson had last seen the dog the week of July 4, 2002, after bathing it and leaving for vacation. The dog, which was left with her 18-year-old son, escaped, without its collar, from Robinson's yard. The family searched the neighborhood and called area shelters, with no success. After a few months, Robinson obtained another dog, a shepherd lab mix named Coco.

When animal control reported that Casper had been found, Robinson was afraid that Coco had been missing. "I thought, 'Not again,' " Robinson said. Casper didn't seem to recognize Robinson after being claimed, she said, but, after a few days, "he follows me everywhere."

-- Compiled by SARAH MARK