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.
Pit Bull Is Declared
A Potential Danger
OLNEY, Gallagher Way, 17000 block, July 12. A dog owner was walking two pit bulls when one broke free of its leash and attacked the other. Because of the severity of the injuries, the dog had to be euthanized. The attacking pit bull was declared potentially dangerous under Montgomery County code. Future incidents of attacks could result in strict confinement or removal of the dog from its owner.
Loose Pit Bull
SILVER SPRING, Colesville Rd., 10000 block, July 15. An animal control officer picked up a tan pit bull that had been lying on a front porch at a residence and took it to the animal shelter. Animal service records showed the dog had been impounded on two previous occasions. The next day, a relative of the dog's owner arrived at the shelter to claim the animal. The man was given a citation for $100, the fine for allowing a dog to run at large. Montgomery County code requires unaltered dogs impounded at the shelter two or more times to be neutered at the owner's expense. The relative agreed to the procedure.
To Be Confined at Home
SILVER SPRING, Old Bonifant Rd., 1 to 100 block, July 13. Two Rottweilers and a mixed Labrador retriever, which were let outside in their back yard, killed a raccoon. The raccoon later tested positive for rabies. Because their rabies vaccinations were not current, the Rottweilers were placed on a six-month strict isolation, requiring them to be kept caged inside their residence. The retriever's rabies vaccination was current, and the dog was placed on a 45-day restraint quarantine, requiring it to be kept on a leash and confined to the owner's property. If the dogs are healthy at the end of the quarantine, there will be no further concern about rabies. The case was continuing.
-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER