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.

Dog Not Invited to Wedding

UPPER MARLBORO, Springbeauty Ct., 10600 block, July 24. Responding to a call from a resident about a neighbor's dog howling and crying in a garage for several days, an animal control officer posted a notice asking the dog's owners to contact officials. When the owners did not respond to several notices, Animal Management executed a search warrant and removed the 6-month-old yellow Labrador retriever. A veterinarian reported the dog to be in fair condition with a seriously deformed front leg, from a birth defect. The dog's owners later told Animal Management that the dog, which they purchased from a pet store, had been left in the care of their teenage daughter when they went away to get married. The owners released the dog to Animal Management, which placed it with a local rescue group.

Chronic Runaway Nabbed

FORT WASHINGTON, Prestwick Dr., 12800 block, Aug. 7. A resident was holding a stray dog in the back yard. An animal control officer picked up the friendly, white and black 3-year-old Jack Russell terrier, which was wearing a collar but no visible identification. The dog had previously been picked up three times and returned to its owners. Animal Management records showed the dog to have a current county license, rabies vaccination and microchip implant. The dog was taken to the shelter and was claimed by its owners after they paid $215 in fines and fees.

Sort of Like 'The Apprentice'

CLINTON, Alexandria Ferry Rd., 8000 block, Aug. 8. An animal control officer picked up an opossum from an office. The healthy animal was returned to the wild.

Stray Kitten Treated

LAUREL, Fort Meade Rd., 200 block, Aug. 7. An animal control officer picked up a stray kitten being held in a box by a resident. The brown female 5-month-old tiger kitten had no identification but was wearing a collar that had become embedded in its neck. It was taken to the shelter. The collar was removed and the kitten received medical treatment.

Two Pit Bulls Impounded

HYATTSVILLE, Amherst Rd. 2100 block, Aug. 7. An animal control officer picked up two pit bulls from a resident's property, a 1-year-old brown male and a 2-year-old tan and white female. The dogs were in fair condition and did not have collars or identification. They were taken to the shelter to be held as strays.

Groundhog Released From Trap

MITCHELLVILLE, Albert Dr., 1600 block, Aug. 8. An animal control officer responded to a report of a groundhog in a resident's backyard trap. The officer advised the resident of regulations requiring a permit for trapping and said that the trap would be picked up. The healthy groundhog was returned to the wild.

Feral Cats Trapped, Euthanized

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Gateway Blvd., 6600 block, Aug. 8. A resident reported that a stray cat with a plastic bag around its head was under his car. An animal control officer was unable to capture the cat and ordered a trap to be delivered to the resident's home. An officer later responded to a call that there were two cats in the trap. The officer removed a 1-year-old black domestic shorthair cat and a 4-month-old gray tabby domestic shorthair kitten from the trap. Two days later, a 4-month-old black and white domestic shorthair kitten was also removed from the trap. The cat and kittens were taken to the animal shelter. Because they were feral, they were euthanized.

Husky Reunited With Owners

LEWISDALE, Hannon St., 2000 block, Aug. 8. A resident reported that she was holding a large dog in her basement. An animal control officer picked up a neutered, 1-year-old male Siberian husky that had no collar or identification. The brown and tan dog was taken to the shelter, where a microchip scan identified its owners, who had adopted him from the shelter in July 2003. An owner redeemed the dog Aug. 13 after paying $200 in fines and fees.

Rottweiler Comes Home

UPPER MARLBORO, Arcus Ct., 12000 block, Aug. 8. A resident reported a stray Rottweiler in her garage. When Animal Management responded, the resident had already located the owner and returned the dog.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN