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.

Stray Cats Found at Hospital

NEW CARROLLTON, Good Luck Rd., 7600 block, Aug. 31. An animal control officer who had taken two dogs to an animal hospital for treatment noticed two healthy cats without collars that had apparently been abandoned. The two neutered males, a gray and white adult and an adult red tabby, were taken to the shelter to be held as strays.

Cat's Death Report Exaggerated

LANHAM, Kinmount Rd., 4500 block, Aug. 25. A resident reported a dead black cat near the steps in her back yard. An animal control agent found the dead cat to be a black wig.

Trashed Opossum Sent Away

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Walker Mill Rd., 5600 block, Aug. 31. An animal control officer removed an opossum from a resident's trash can. The healthy male opossum was returned to the wild.

Injured Dog Eludes Capture

BRANDYWINE, Spring Rd., 6800 block, Aug. 31. Prince George's County police called Animal Management about an injured black chow chow at an intersection. The dog was breathing heavily and would not let a police officer approach it. An animal control officer arrived but could not find the dog.

Raccoon Killer's Health Probed

SEAT PLEASANT, Carrington Pl, 700 block, Aug. 31. A resident reported that her mixed Labrador retriever-chow chow had killed a raccoon in her back yard. She placed a trashcan over the raccoon. The owner was told that she was required to show Animal Management officials vaccination information for her dog. The owner was not at home when an animal control officer picked up the raccoon and took it to the shelter for testing. The case was continuing regarding the dog's vaccination information.

Skunk Unwelcome at Wedding

MITCHELLVILLE, Enterprise Rd., 2700 block, Aug. 17. A skunk was found in a fountain on a patio in the back of a building. The fountain needed to be turned on for a wedding. An animal control officer picked up the apparently healthy skunk and returned it to the wild.

Stray Lab Taken From Park

GLENDALE, Electric Avenue and Glenn Dale Road, Aug. 31. Animal Management picked up a black Labrador retriever that was running loose in a park. The underweight and malnourished 2-year-old male dog, which did not have a collar or identification, was taken to the shelter to be held as a stray.

Mystery Animal Proves Elusive

OXON HILL, Salisbury Dr., 600 block, Sept. 2. A resident reported that some type of wildlife had been in her house for eight months and she had been feeding it. She described the animal to be 12-to-14 inches long, slim, with smooth skin and claws. An animal control officer did not find the animal.

Cow Spotted in Upper Marlboro

UPPER MARLBORO, Old Marlboro Pike, 14000 block, Aug. 31. Animal Management responded to a call from Prince George's County police about a cow in the road. A animal control officer could not locate the it.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN