The following are 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.

Snake Rescued From Glue Trap

FORT WASHINGTON, Tantallon Dr. West, 700 block, Aug. 14. A black rat snake was caught in a glue trap in a residential basement. An animal control officer took the snake to the shelter, removed it from the glue trap after dusting it with talcum powder and released it to the wild.

Turkey Buzzard Euthanized

UPPER MARLBORO, Marlton Avenue N. and Hardwick Drive, Aug. 20. Responding to a report of a vulture possibly hit by a car, an animal control officer found an injured turkey buzzard. It was euthanized at the shelter.

Kitten Captured; Family Escapes

FORT WASHINGTON, Old Fort Rd., 9700 block, Aug. 19. An animal control officer responded to a call about a cat and three kittens being kept in a basket by a resident. Later, the mother cat and two of the kittens jumped from the basket and ran into the woods. The captured 4-month-old domestic shorthair kitten was made available for adoption.

Kittens Taken to Shelter

LAUREL, Spruce Hill Dr., 8300 block, Aug. 19. An animal control officer picked up two stray kittens being held in a rabbit cage on a front porch. Both are 3-month-old females, one tortoise-colored and the other a diluted tortoise color. They were being held at the shelter.

Trapped Groundhog Released

TEMPLE HILLS, Waldran Ave., 7100 block, Aug. 20. Responding to a resident's call about a groundhog caught in a humane trap, an animal control officer removed the healthy animal and relocated it.

Emaciated Chihuahua Found

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Balboa Ave., 1000 block, Aug. 20. An animal control officer saw a female adult mixed Chihuahua in the front yard of a residence. It was emaciated, did not have access to food, water or shelter and was panting heavily, seemingly overheated. The 10-year-old, black and white dog was taken to the shelter and a notice was posted at the residence. The resident called to say that the dog lived at another address and that he would give the notice to the dog's owner. The case was continuing.

Cat Left Behind in Eviction

TAKOMA PARK, Red Top Rd., 6800 block, Aug. 20. The Prince George's sheriff's office called Animal Management to the site of an apartment eviction. An animal control officer picked up a black and white, 4-year-old neutered female cat, posted a notice at the apartment for the owner to pick up the cat and took the healthy animal to the shelter. The case was continuing.

Loose Rottweiler Impounded

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Gunther St., 4900 block, Aug. 20. An animal control officer picked up a large, black and brown male Rottweiler that was running loose. The dog ran onto a porch; the officer could not determine whether it lived there. A notice was posted and the 1-year-old dog was taken to the shelter to be held as a stray.

German Shepherd Abandoned

SEAT PLEASANT, 68th Pl., 500 block, Aug. 20. Animal Management responded to a call about a dog left in the back yard of a rooming house. The dog's owner had moved two weeks earlier and no one at the residence wanted to care for it. The 2-year-old tan, black and white, healthy female German shepherd was taken to the shelter to be placed for adoption.

Bat Taken From Residence

TEMPLE HILLS, Kenton Pl., 2400 block, Aug. 20. A bat was reported at a residence. An animal control officer took it to the animal shelter to be euthanized for rabies testing.

Cats Available for Adoption

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society is sponsoring cat adoptions from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bowie Petco, 15461 Excelsior Dr., The pets' foster owners will answer questions and accept adoption applications. The adoption fee is $115. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or go to the Web site,

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN