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.

Possible Neglect Probed

DAYTON, Ten Oaks Rd., 4100 block, 10:35 a.m. July 21. Responding to a report that dogs had been left at an abandoned property, an animal control officer found two Chesapeake Bay retrievers without access to shelter. An investigation found that the dogs reside at the property and that their owner lives elsewhere, with the owner or a caretaker stopping by to feed them and provide water. The owner agreed to make arrangements to place the dogs in a home. The case was continuing.

Roaming Shepherd Injured

JESSUP, Granville Rd., 8300 block, 1:50 p.m. July 23. Responding to a complaint that a pit bull had attacked and fatally injured a German shepherd, an animal control officer learned that the shepherd, which was very much alive, had prompted a fight by wandering onto the pit bull's property. The shepherd's injuries were to its neck and one ear and were not life threatening. According to the Howard County code, an at-large domestic animal that goes onto property that is home to another domestic animal is considered at fault if a conflict ensues. The case was continuing.

Puppy Abandoned on Porch

ELKRIDGE, Washington Blvd., 6600 block, 8:18 p.m. July 25. The animal shelter received a message after hours that a pet's owner was going on a trip and leaving an unwanted dog behind. An officer tried to call the owners and then went to a vacated home and found a five-month-old female Shar-Pei mix on a porch. The dog was impounded and put up for adoption. The owners were cited for abandonment and fined $50.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES