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.

Jail Fence Wounds Opossum

JESSUP, Waterloo Rd., 7500 block, 11:40 a.m. June 21. An opossum was injured by razor wire fencing at the Maryland State Correctional Institution Patuxent Institute. Two animal control officers found the opossum, its feet dripping with blood, holding on to the razor fencing to avoid falling. The officers used a scissors lift to hold the animal still with a capture pole. The opossum was tranquilized and lifted from the fence without further injury. The animal was taken to the animal shelter where it was euthanized because of its injuries.

Horses' Condition Investigated

DAYTON, Ten Oaks Rd., 4700 block, 11:15 a.m. June 22. Two draft horses in a field were reported to be emaciated. A responding animal control officer was unable to get close to the animals but saw that one appeared to be very underweight and the other healthy. The horses were in a large field with shelter and a water source. The field apparently had not been mowed recently, and weeds had taken over, which can prevent horses from obtaining nutrition from the grass. The owner arrived home and told the officer the horse was thin because it was very old. The owner also said the horses had not been seen by a veterinarian in a couple of years. The officer ordered the owner to have the horses examined within a couple of days. The case was continuing.

Officer Checks on Dog in Car

COLUMBIA, Little Patuxent Pkwy., 11000 block, 3:30 p.m. June 17. A dog had been left in a vehicle for a long time and was reportedly in distress. An animal control officer found the animal inside a car parked at a medical center. The windows were open six to eight inches, and water was provided on the back seat. The dog seemed to be healthy and not distressed. A receptionist from the medical center informed the officer the owner was a patient having a medical procedure. The procedure was taking longer than expected because of a malfunction in equipment being used. The officer posted a notice on the vehicle for the owner to contact Animal Control. The case was continuing.

A Warning About Pets in Vehicles

Animal Control warns residents that it is not against the law to transport pets in a vehicle, but it is against the law if the animal becomes distressed because of extreme weather conditions. During the summer, an animal can die within a few minutes inside a vehicle. The temperature inside a vehicle rises quickly and gets much hotter than the temperature outside. Animal control officials advise that the best solution on hot summer days is to leave pets at home.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES