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.

Puppy Saved From Abuse

OXON HILL, Livingston Ter., 5500 block, Oct 6. Some children were seen holding a puppy over a trash can. A rope was around the puppy's legs and its neck, and three boys were reportedly kicking it. A resident rescued the puppy and gave it water and food. An animal control officer picked up the 4-month-old, brown-and-black mixed Doberman-shepherd. The puppy, which had a collar but no ID, did not seem to be injured and was taken to the shelter to be held as a stray. Animal Management will contact area schools to make presentations about proper treatment of animals.

Owl Found in Fireplace

BRANDYWINE, Danville Rd., 3000 block Oct 6. A resident found a large owl in a far corner of her fireplace and a dead bird on the fireplace grate. An animal control officer picked up the healthy owl and returned it to the wild.

A Dozen Dogs Are Two Too Many

FORT WASHINGTON, Sunset View, 1000 block, Oct. 6. Animal Management conducted a hobby-permit inspection of a residence that had 12 dogs, two more than such a permit allows. The homeowner said that the extra two dogs had recently been taken in and were to be placed within the next few days. The hobby permit was given a failed status until the other two dogs are placed; otherwise the homeowner will have to apply for a kennel license.

Quarantine Fails Inspection

FORT WASHINGTON, Thorne Dr., 10400 block, Oct 6. Animal Management inspected the conditions of a Labrador retriever-chow mix, which had been placed on a six-month quarantine, and found the dog to be inadequately confined. The dog had been quarantined because it had had contact with a raccoon that could not be located. The dog's owner has the opportunity to make corrections before a final inspection. If the corrections are not done, the dog will be euthanized.

Cat Attacks Reported

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Walker Mill Rd., 6900 block, Oct. 6. An apartment resident manager reported that an abandoned cat had attacked apartment staff members at the apartment complex. An animal control officer picked up the 1-year-old, female brown tabby with white markings and took it to the shelter to be held as a stray.

Opossum Freed; Cat Euthanized

GLENARDEN, Fiske Ave., 7900 block, Oct 6. A resident reported two stray cats caught in a backyard trap. An animal control officer found a black-and-white feral cat and an opossum in the trap. The healthy opossum was released to the wild. The cat was taken to the shelter and euthanized.

Dead Squirrel Tested for Rabies

CLINTON, Plata St., 5500 block, Oct 6. A resident called Animal Management about a dead squirrel that the resident's dog had picked up. It is probable that the squirrel was dead before the dog picked it up. The squirrel's body tested negative for rabies.

Volunteer Workers Sought

The SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George's County is sponsoring an orientation to recruit volunteer animal workers at 11 a.m. Saturday at Petsmart, 4500 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. A volunteer manager will answer questions and accept registrations. Students younger than 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Dogs and Cats Available

The SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George's County is sponsoring dog and cat adoptions, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. The pets' foster owners will answer questions and accept adoption applications. Adoption fees are $180 for dogs, $115 for cats. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or go to the Web site,

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN