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; click on Government, then Agency Index.

Bird -- Not Bat -- Put Back

FORT WASHINGTON, Amer Dr., 700 block, July 20. Responding to a report of two bats flying around in a family room, an animal control officer captured a single black bird and returned it to the wild.

Too Many Stray Cats in Home

LANDOVER, Brightseat Rd., 2300 block, July 21. Responding to a complaint about a persistent foul odor, an animal control officer picked up 15 cats living in an apartment. The female resident said all of the cats had been strays.

Wounded Dachshund Rescued

TEMPLE HILLS, 23rd Pkwy., 3900 block, July 23. Responding to a call about an injured dog found near a swimming pool at an apartment complex, an animal control officer took a 7-year-old female long-haired dachshund with a broken leg to an emergency animal hospital. Because the dog was wearing a collar but no identification, it was sent to an animal rescue group for further care and placement after treatment.

Deer Kept as Pet in Yard

LANHAM, Sheridan St., 9100 block, July 23. A representative from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources picked up a deer that was being kept as a pet in a residential yard. The deer was taken to a wildlife sanctuary. County code does not permit people to keep or maintain any poisonous reptile or wild animal without first obtaining a permit from the director of the Department of Environmental Resources.

Woodpecker Can't Be Saved

KETTERING, Bannington Dr., 1 to 100 block, July 25. An animal control officer picked up a wounded bird that a homeowner had sheltered with a protective cover. It was identified as a woodpecker and, because it had a broken wing, was euthanized at the animal shelter.

Wandering Strays Impounded

CLINTON, Brazke Ct., 8700 block, July 25. Responding to a report of a friendly, medium-size dog running loose, an animal control officer picked up a 9-month-old male black-and-white mixed Labrador retriever. The dog, in fair condition, was not wearing a collar or tags and was taken to the shelter, where it was held as a stray.

LANHAM, Good Luck Rd., 9700 block, July 25. An animal control officer picked up a 3-year-old female boxer with a choke collar but no identification. The dog was at the shelter, waiting to be claimed.

Dog Left at Accident Scene

ACCOKEEK, Gardner Rd., 6400 block, July 25. Police asked animal management to pick up a dog whose owner had left the scene of a car accident. An animal control officer took an uninjured 2-year-old black and tan female German shepherd to the shelter. The dog was reclaimed by its owner, who was charged $45 in fines and fees.

Microchips Pinpoint Ownership

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Walker Mill Road and Weber Drive, July 26. An animal control officer picked up two brown male adult boxers that were wearing collars but no tags. After the healthy dogs were brought to the shelter, it was discovered that they had microchips with owner information. The owners were found and explained that workers at their home had left a gate open. The owners were fined $125 and told to keep the dogs in their home or monitor them more closely when workers were present.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN