The following were among animal cases received recently by the Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources Animal Management Division. Call 301-499-8300 for directions to the Prince George's County Animal Shelter, hours of operation, and adoption and licensing procedures. The shelter's Web site is at www.goprincegeorgescounty.com; click on Government, then Agency Index.

Baby Groundhog Dies at School

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Cabin Branch Rd., 200 block, July 20. Students reported seeing what they thought was a rat in a storage room at their school; a pest-control official was notified. Several days later, Animal Management was called to pick up a baby groundhog that had died at the school. It was taken to the animal shelter for disposal.

Shepherd Reunited With Owner

GREENBELT, Lynbrook Ct., 100 block, July 20. A resident found a thin, stray German shepherd with a rope around its neck and no collar or tags and put it in a crate in his home. An animal control officer picked up the black and silver dog, which had been spayed and was approximately 11 months old, and took it to the animal shelter. It was later reclaimed by its owner after a flier was posted in the neighborhood. The owner said that the dog had intestinal parasites, and that its nervousness had caused it to lose weight. The rope had been tied around its neck to keep it from jumping a fence, the owner said.

Opossum Playing Raccoon?

COLLEGE PARK, Bucknell Ter., 5800 block, July 20. A raccoon was reported to have been caged in a county trap for approximately two hours. An animal control officer found the animal to be an opossum, and returned it to the wild.

Stray Cats Taken to Shelter

GLENARDEN, Fiske Ave., 7900 block, July 20. A resident caught a cat in a backyard trap. An animal control officer picked up the large male, which was approximately 1 year old and not wearing a collar or tags, and took it to the shelter to be held as a stray.

LANDOVER, Dodge Park Rd., 3400 block, July 20. A resident had a black stray cat on her apartment windowsill. An animal control officer picked up the male domestic short-hair cat, approximately 5 months old, which appeared healthy and was not wearing a collar or tags. It was taken to the shelter to be held as a stray.

FORESTVILLE, Hil-Mar Dr., 6500 block, July 20. A resident held a male, caramel-colored stray kitten in her house. An animal control officer picked up the domestic short-haired kitten, which was in fair condition and approximately 2 months old. The kitten was not wearing a collar or tags. It was taken to the animal shelter to be held as a stray.

Stray Dogs Impounded

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Maryland Park Dr., 10 block, July 20. A resident caught a stray mixed poodle, which had fleas and unkempt fur, and held it on her back deck. An animal control officer picked up the tan female dog, which was approximately 7 months old. It had a collar but no tags and had been dragging a leash. The officer took it to the animal shelter, where it was given a bath and treated for fleas.

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Opus Ave., 1600 block, July 20. A resident held a brown stray dog at his home. An animal control officer picked up the female German shepherd puppy, which was approximately 3 months old and apparently malnourished. It was taken to the animal shelter to be held as a stray.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN