The following were among animal cases handled recently by the Howard County Division of Animal Control. The Howard County Animal Shelter is open for pet adoptions from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. other weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, except holidays. For more information, call 410-313-2780.

Dog Declared Potential Danger

ELLICOTT CITY, Bright Meadow Ct., 7900 block, 8 a.m. Oct. 12. An unleashed Labrador retriever-pit bull mix was in front of its property in a common area on Oct. 9 when it began fighting with a cocker spaniel being walked on a leash by a pet sitter. The spaniel and two people trying to separate the dogs were bitten and received cuts and puncture wounds. Because of the severity of the spaniel's injuries, animal control on Oct. 12 declared the mixed-breed dog to be potentially dangerous.

Farm Needed Improvements

LISBON, Frederick Rd., 16400 block, 1 p.m. Oct. 12. Investigating a report that farm animals were housed in unsanitary conditions and needed medical care, animal control officers found around 198 animals, including a bull, sheep, horses and llamas, but only a few of them needed some basic care. The owner of the livestock was given a list of actions required to improve sanitation, remove debris and repair structures. Animal control will make follow-up inspections.

Severe Ear Infection Kills Cat

ELLICOTT CITY, Evergreen Way, 3100 block, 5:25 p.m. Oct. 13. Police captured a cat that was reported to be walking in circles and appeared sick. An animal control officer took the cat, a brown tabby, to a veterinarian, who diagnosed a severe ear infection. The cat later died at the veterinarian's office. The cat's owner was not found.

Burned Cat Finds a Home

ELLICOTT CITY, Patapsco River Road and Orange Grove Court, 11:45 p.m. Sept. 24. Animal control is still seeking information about an incident in which a black female shorthair cat was set on fire. A passing motorist saw the burning cat run across the road, stopped his vehicle and smothered the fire with a sweatshirt. The severely injured cat was placed in an adoptive home and is steadily improving. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the animal shelter.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES