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.

Dogs Blamed in Animal Killings

WOODBINE, Old Frederick Rd., 15200 block, 10:50 a.m. Aug. 9. A rabbit was pulled out of a hutch and killed on Addison Way, and a cat was killed nearby on Justifiable Court. An animal control officer investigating the incidents found a resident who had seen two pit bull mixes, a male and a female, running loose. The dogs previously had been declared potentially dangerous for attacking and killing rabbits at the Addison Way address. A dog collar was recovered at the scene where the cat was killed. The dogs' owner relinquished the dogs to animal control, which later euthanized them.

Akita Confined After Attack

COLUMBIA, Wooden Hawk Cir., 5400 block, 8:10 a.m. Aug. 10. The owner of an Akita dropped the dog's leash while walking it, and the dog reportedly ran off and attacked a pit bull that was being walked on a leash. The pit bull received puncture wounds, and the pit bull's owner received a minor injury. The Akita had previously been declared potentially dangerous. Animal control deemed the Akita to be a threat to public safety and welfare and ordered the dog to be quarantined at the animal shelter. The owner must comply with confinement requirements before the dog can be returned.

Dogs Tied to Fence at Shelter

COLUMBIA, Davis Rd., 8500 block, 1:30 a.m. Aug. 12. An animal control officer found a Rottweiler mix and a pit bull mix tied to a fence near the front door of the animal shelter. The dogs apparently were frightened and tried to block the officer from entering the building. The officer was able to take the dogs inside safely.

Relinquished and stray animals are accepted at the shelter from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Animals are not accepted on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The shelter is undergoing renovations and is accepting only animals from Howard County because of space limitations.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES