The following were among 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.
Woman Turns In Spouse's Snakes
CLINTON, Keystone Ave., 11400 block, Sept. 23. An animal control officer picked up four snakes from a woman whose husband had left them in her care. A yellow female albino boa constrictor; two boa constrictors, one brown and one yellow; and a small brown dead boa constrictor were taken to the shelter. The owner had not made a claim and an investigation was continuing.
Injured Nighthawk Rescued
COLLEGE PARK, Calvert Rd., 4800 block, Sept. 24. A resident found a bird, thought to be an owl, with an injured wing. An animal control officer picked up the bird, which was a small nighthawk, and took it to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.
Lost and Found at Metro
GREENBELT, Crescent Lane, 500 block, Sept. 24. A friendly, reddish-brown dog was found at the Greenbelt Metro station and held at the Greenbelt Police station. An animal control officer picked up the dog, a 10-year-old male Irish Setter, which had both a collar and identification. It was reunited with its owner at the shelter later in the day.
Dead Cat Found Near Carrier
BOWIE, John Hanson Highway and Route 197, Sept. 24. An animal control officer picked up a dead cat from the shoulder of a road, near a broken plastic cat carrier. The black-and-white cat may have been hit by a vehicle after being ejected from or leaving the carrier, which may have been discarded or accidentally dropped. The cat was taken to the shelter for disposal.
Trespasser Squirrel Evades Captor
TEMPLE HILLS, Fisher Rd., 5900 block, Sept. 22. A squirrel was reported to be running loose in an apartment. An animal control officer was unable to capture the squirrel after it ran into a hole in a wall. The resident was told to call a trapping service or to borrow a trap from Animal Management.
TEMPLE HILLS, Brinkley Rd., 3400 block, Sept. 24. An animal control officer removed an opossum from the first-floor hallway of an apartment building. The small, healthy animal was returned to the wild.
SUITLAND, Arnold Rd., 4400 block, Sept. 24. An opossum was found on the top step of the main entrance to an apartment complex by a resident whose husband was unable to enter. The animal was returned to the wild.
Dead Fox Found in Yard
HYATTSVILLE, 38th Ave., 5000 block, Sept. 24. An animal control officer picked up a dead fox from a residential back yard. There was no indication of the cause of death. Rabies testing was not done because there was no human contact. It was taken to the shelter for disposal.
Stray Dogs Taken to Shelter
GLENN DALE, Springfield Rd., 8600 block, Sept. 24. A resident called about a scruffy-looking, tan-and-white dog that would not leave her porch or yard. An animal control officer picked up the underweight, 2-year-old female German shepherd. The dog, which did not have a collar or identification, was held as a stray.
LANDOVER, Fairfax St., 4100 block, Sept. 24. Landover Hills police reported a call from a resident about a stray dog he had tied in his yard. The dog, a healthy, 4-year-old male golden retriever, had a collar but no identification. It was taken to the shelter to be held as a stray.
Dogs Available for Adoption
The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society is sponsoring dog adoptions from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the White Flint Petsmart, 5154 Nicholson Lane, Kensington. Foster owners will answer questions and accept adoption applications. The adoption fee is $180. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or go to the Web site, www.pgspca.org.
Humane Society Meeting Set
The SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George's County will hold a general membership meeting 7:15 to 9 p.m. today at College Park City Hall, 4500 Knox Rd., College Park. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or visit the Web site, www.pgspca.org.
-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN