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 www.goprincegeorgescounty.com; click on Government, then Agency Index.

Stray Dog Sprung From Jail

LAUREL, Municipal Sq., 300 block, Sept. 3. Laurel police called Animal Management about a stray dog being kept in a holding cell. An animal control officer picked up the black and white, 2-year-old female pointer, which had a collar but no identification. It was taken to the shelter to be held as a stray.

Pit Bulls' Origins Probed

LANDOVER HILLS, Parkwood and Cooper streets, Sept. 3. A resident reported that a pit bull with a bloody ear was running loose. An animal control officer picked up the tan and white, 3-year-old female pit bull, which had hematomas, and also found a tan male 1-year-old pit bull with an electronic collar. The dogs were taken to the shelter. Animal Management was unable to contact the Bedford, Mass., manufacturer of the electronic collar. The animals were euthanized; the investigation was continuing.

Trapped Animals Freed

FORESTVILLE, 5800 Ponderay St., Sept. 2. An animal control officer picked up a healthy groundhog caught in a backyard trap and returned it to the wild.

LANDOVER, Brindle Ct., 7500 block, Sept. 3. An animal control officer picked up a healthy opossum caught in trap and returned it to the wild.

LANDOVER, Norair Ct., 200 block, Sept. 2. A beaver was trapped under a crate in a side yard of a house. An animal control officer picked up the very large, healthy beaver and returned it to the wild.

Beagle Found in Post Office

LANHAM, Ellard Dr., 10100 block, Sept. 3. A resident was holding a beagle found in a post office. An animal control officer picked up the tri-colored, 7-year-old male, which had a collar but no identification. The beagle was reunited with its owner, who paid $135 in fines and fees.

Rabies Concern for Dogs

FORT WASHINGTON, Epping Ave., 7500 block, Aug. 2. An opossum was attacked by four dogs in a resident's back yard. The resident reported that the dogs had current rabies vaccinations but that she did not have the documentation. An animal control officer advised the resident that the dogs would have to be quarantined at the residence until results from rabies tests were received. While at the residence, an officer removed five newborn mice from the property. The mice were euthanized.

Stray Cats Taken to Shelter

OXON HILL, Huron Dr. N., 200 block, Sept. 3. Animal Management responded to a call about kittens and an adult cat being held in a trap in a resident's front yard. An officer picked up the 1-year-old, black, female domestic shorthair cat and two female kittens, 2 months old, and took them to the shelter to be held as strays.

LAUREL, Blackwood Ct., 11900 block, Sept. 3. Animal Management picked up a cat being held in a dog kennel in a resident's front yard. The multicolored neutered male adult Maine coon cat did not have a collar or identification and scanned negative for a microchip implant. It was taken to the shelter to be held as a stray.

LAUREL, Morris Dr., 100 block, Sept. 3. A stray cat was reported in a flowerbed near an office. The healthy, 3-year-old, gray and white, female domestic shorthair cat was not wearing a collar or identification. It was taken to the shelter to be held as a stray.

BERWYN HEIGHTS, 58th Ave., 8400 block, Sept. 3. A resident was holding a friendly cat found on her property. An animal control officer picked up the 2-year-old, male neutered orange tabby, which was not wearing a collar or tags, and took it to the shelter to be held as a stray.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN