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.

Skunk Caught in Squirrel Trap

COLUMBIA, Mohawk Ct., 6600 block, 8:45 a.m. Aug. 27. A resident set a humane trap for squirrels and caught a skunk instead, and released it. Animal control officials remind residents that a permit must be obtained to trap wildlife, with the exception of ground hogs. For nuisance wildlife issues, residents should contact a licensed trapper listed in the local phone book under "Trappers" and "Pest Control."

Pit Bull on Leash Bites Teen

COLUMBIA, Harpers Farm Rd., 3 p.m. Aug. 27 to 9:38 p.m. Aug. 30. A teenager visiting a residence Aug. 27 was bitten by the resident's 11-month-old male pit bull, which was being walked on a leash. The dog had been placed on quarantine before the bite. The teenager was taken to a hospital for treatment of punctures and cuts to the right hand. The owners subsequently relinquished ownership of the dog to Animal Control. The dog was impounded and later euthanized and tested for rabies.

Greyhound Group Throws Picnic

Greyhound Welfare, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that rescues and places retired racing greyhounds, is sponsoring its annual picnic fundraiser, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, at the Circle D Farm, 15335 Carrs Mill Rd., Woodbine. The picnic includes a catered barbecue lunch and dessert, a training demonstration, interactive games for prizes, greyhound pet contests, a silent auction, a raffle and more. Admission is $10; ages 12 and younger, $5; advance registration preferred, but onsite registration accepted. 301-949-0615 or

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES