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 recorded information, including 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.
Opossum: Strange Bedfellow
CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Marlboro Pike, 5200 block, Sept. 11. An opossum came into a home during the night and crawled into a resident's bed. The resident chased the animal into a bathroom, and a roommate called Animal Management. An animal control officer picked up the healthy opossum and returned it to the wild.
Largo Residence Bugged
LARGO, Harry S. Truman Dr., 600 block, Sept. 11. An apartment resident reported an unknown animal in her living room. An animal control officer removed a green grasshopper and returned it to the wild.
Dog Scares People at Bank
LANGLEY PARK, New Hampshire Ave., 7900 block, Sept. 13. A bank security guard reported holding a large dog that had been running loose on the bank's property and scaring people. An animal control officer picked up a 9-month-old black-and-tan mixed male Rottweiler, wearing a choke chain but no collar or identification. It was transported to the shelter to be held as a stray.
Dog Returned to Arrested Owner
CLINTON, Abilene Pl., 9000 block, Sept. 13. Prince George's County police called Animal Management about a dog being held after its owner had been arrested. An animal control officer picked up a 10-year-old neutered black-and-white male border collie that was limping. The dog was taken to the shelter and returned to its owner, who paid $100 in fines and fees. The same dog had been picked up two times this year because of similar situations with its owner and the police.
Mother Dog and Pups Move In
UPPER MARLBORO, Dery Rd., 4400 block, Sept. 11. A stray dog and two newborn puppies were found inside a doghouse on a resident's property. The stray dog had previously been seen running loose in the neighborhood. The 2-year-old female black-and-white mixed Siberian husky, which did not have a collar or identification, and her two nursing puppies were taken to the shelter to be held as strays.
Black Bird Waiting to Be Free
SUITLAND, Walls Lane, 3800 block, Sept. 11. A resident reported a bird caught in a county trap and was afraid to release it. An animal control officer picked up a healthy black bird and returned it to the wild.
Dog's Condition Investigated
LANDOVER HILLS, 72nd Ave., 4100 block, Sept. 11. An animal control officer picked up an adult female Shih Tzu a resident was holding. The dog, in poor condition, was underweight, had matted hair, long nails and was possibly blind in one eye. She was not wearing a collar or identification and was taken to the shelter to be held as a stay. Animal Management was to conduct an investigation before the dog could be returned to an owner.
Box Turtle Wanders Down Street
PALMER PARK, Normandy Rd., 7700 block, Sept. 14. A resident called about a large turtle walking down the street in front of her house. She advised that she would try to cover the turtle to keep it from being injured. An animal control officer picked up a healthy brown-and-orange box turtle and returned it to the wild.
Puppies Seen Thrown From Car
SUITLAND, Romain Ct., 3100 block, Sept. 14. A woman reported seeing a man in a tan Cadillac throw two puppies out of the car and said the dogs were running loose. She was unable to get the license plate number of the car. An animal control officer picked up two 6-month-old tan mixed spaniels, one male and the other female. They will be placed with an animal rescue group if not claimed or adopted.
Rabbit, Groundhog Caught
CLINTON, Plata St., 6000 block, Sept. 13. A resident refused to release a rabbit caught in his backyard groundhog trap. An animal control officer responded and picked up a gray-and-brown rabbit, which was returned to the wild.
CLINTON, Plata St., 6000 block, Sept. 14. Animal Management removed a healthy groundhog from a resident's backyard trap and returned it to the wild.
Stray Dogs Taken to Shelter
CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Possum Ct., 300 block, Sept. 13. A friendly black dog wearing a pink collar but no identification was being held by a resident. An animal control officer picked up a 4-year-old female cocker spaniel and took her to the shelter to be held as a stray.
LANDOVER, Nalley Rd., 800 block, Sept. 13. Animal Management responded to a call from Prince George's County police about a dog seen on the back of a truck for several hours. The 6-year-old black-and-tan male German shepherd appeared to be in good condition. It was not wearing a collar or identification and was taken to the shelter to be held as a stay.
BRANDYWINE, Cherry Tree Crossing, 1200 block, Sept. 13. A resident found three stray beagles, two on her porch and the other under the porch, and told animal control officials that she would try to confine the dogs in her barn and give them water. An animal control officer picked up two beagles, a 3-year-old male and a 5-year-old female, both with a skin condition, possibly mange. They were taken to the shelter to be held as strays. The third dog ran away. An officer told the resident that she could borrow a trap if the dog returns.
SEABROOK, Franklin Ave., 9600 block, Sept. 11. Two dogs ran loose at a busy service road intersection. A black female pit bull-Labrador mix and a black-and-white male German shepherd, both 1-year-old, were picked up and taken to the shelter to be held as strays.
LANDOVER, Omega Ct., 7800 block, Sept. 11. A resident reported a stray black dog, limping and appearing to have an injured front leg, that was destroying property in the resident's back yard. An animal control officer picked up a 7-month-old black-and-white male pit bull. The dog was not limping and did not show any signs of injury. It was taken to the shelter to be held as a stray.
-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN