The following were among cases received recently by the Montgomery County Animal Services Division. For more information, call 240-773-5054. That 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.

Stray Cat Quarantined

GAITHERSBURG, Purple Martin Lane, 18000 block, Aug. 2. When a homeowner entered the shed in her back yard, a startled stray cat scratched her on the leg. She confined the cat in the shed and called the Montgomery County Humane Society. A driver took the brown neutered male cat to the animal shelter, where it was to be quarantined for 10 days to check for rabies.

Thin Horses Draw Concern

BOYDS, Moore Rd., 17000 block, Aug. 3. A resident called Animal Services after noticing that several horses at a farm appeared to be thin. An officer investigated and contacted the farm manager with concerns about the animals' hay and water supply. The manager told the investigator that the situation was temporary and that the horses are to be moved to another farm.

Pit Bull Bites Child

SILVER SPRING, Sir Thomas Way, 13000 block, Aug. 3. A pit bull bit a child on the foot in the hallway of an apartment building. The child was taken to the hospital and received stitches for the wound. The dog was placed under quarantine for 10 days, and its owner was warned about keeping the dog confined.

Dog Stops Traffic

DICKERSON, Elmer School Rd., 17000 block, Aug. 6. An off-duty Montgomery County police officer called Animal Services after capturing a stray dog that had been blocking traffic during the evening rush hour. The dog, a white female Akita, was to be held at the animal shelter for six days and then, if not claimed, be made available for adoption.

A Rabies Reminder

Because pets can be exposed to rabies through contact with wild animals, the Montgomery County Police Animal Services Division reminds pet owners to have their dogs and cats regularly vaccinated for rabies. A dog or cat that has contact with wildlife and has a current rabies vaccination will be placed on a 45-day restraint quarantine. During that period, the animal cannot leave the owner's property. If the animal's rabies shot has expired, it will be placed in a six-month isolation quarantine. The pet will be housed in a locked cage in a room behind a closed door with limited human contact. Owners who are unsure of their pet's vaccine status should contact their veterinarian.

Pets Available for Adoption

Dogs, cats and other pets will be available for adoption through the Montgomery County Humane Society Mobile Adoption Unit, which is scheduled to visit the following location. To confirm the schedule, call 240-773-5966 or visit


1-4 p.m. Saturday


20924 Frederick Rd.

-- Compiled by RIA MANGLAPUS