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.

Pugs Die at Groomer's

COLUMBIA, Old Columbia Rd., 7300 block, 2:55 p.m. Aug. 3. Animal control received a report that two pugs had died at a business while being groomed. An investigation revealed that the two dogs had been bathed and placed in a cage with a drying unit that was set at "high." An attendant later found the dogs dead in the cage. The cause of death was reported as overheating. The case was continuing.

Illicit Iguanas

WEST FRIENDSHIP, Howard County Fair, Fairgrounds Rd., 2200 block, 10:15 a.m. Aug. 9. Investigating a complaint that iguanas were being housed improperly at the county fair, an officer observed about 200 iguanas at a booth where they were being awarded as prizes. Some were on display, but most were crowded into large plastic barrels. The operator complied with the officer's request that additional barrels be used to ease overcrowding. After reading the permit for the booth, the officer notified the Department of Agriculture. The permit did not allow iguanas to be used as prizes, and the permit was for a different booth. The Department of Agriculture shut down the booth. The complaint was later resolved. Animal control notes that anyone who obtained an iguana from the fair should contact a pet store to obtain information about proper care, feeding and housing for the animal.

Pet Rabbit Abandoned

COLUMBIA, Hickory Ridge Rd., 10400 block, 8:30 a.m. Aug. 10. Someone left a caged rabbit in the common area of an apartment complex along with a sign that said "free to good home." An animal control officer impounded the rabbit, which was made available for adoption at the animal shelter. It is illegal to abandon an animal.

For Wildlife Questions

Animal control has received several calls recently in reference to wildlife, particularly foxes. The division's permit allows it to impound only domestic animals and to euthanize seriously injured wild animals so they do not suffer. For questions about wildlife, contact the Department of Natural Resources at 877-463-6497. For problems involving nuisance wildlife, contact a licensed trapper listed in the phone book. A permit is required to trap anything other than a groundhog, even on one's own property.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES