The following were among cases received recently by the Montgomery County Animal Services Division. For more information, call 240-773-5054. This number provides recorded information on such topics as Montgomery County Animal Shelter hours and location, adoption and licensing procedures, rabies clinics and low-cost neutering.

Basset Hound Left Behind

GAITHERSBURG, Lost Knife Cir., 18000 block, June 30. A 2-year-old basset hound was left alone in an apartment after its owner was taken to a hospital. Neighbors heard the dog barking and contacted the Montgomery County police. Police officers entered the apartment, and an animal services officer took the dog to the shelter, where it would be available for adoption unless the owner or a relative claimed it.

Opossum Euthanized

KENSINGTON, Dunnel Lane, 4300 block, July 1. A family returned home from vacation and discovered a distressed opossum in the furnace of its basement. A Humane Society driver arrived and found the animal caught in a glue trap, which had been placed by a pesticide company to capture termites. The opossum was suffering, and the driver had difficulty freeing the animal. It was taken to the shelter, where it was euthanized.

Loose Cattle Invade Back Yard

BRINKLOW, Pinebark Ct., 1 to 100 block, July 2. A resident found several cows in her back yard and called Animal Services. A Maryland National-Capital Park Police officer was at the scene and had notified the cows' owner, rounded up his cattle and walked them back to his nearby farm in Howard County. No charges were made against the cow owner.

Pets Available for Adoption

Dogs, cats and other pets will be available for adoption through the Montgomery County Humane Society Mobile Adoption Unit, which is scheduled to visit the following location. To confirm the schedule, call 240-773-5966 or visit


Montgomery County Humane Society

Animal Shelter

1-4:30 p.m. Sunday

14645 Rothgeb Dr.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS