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.
Conditions of Animals Probed
LANHAM, Lanham Dr. W., 5000 block, Oct. 13. Animal Management visited a residence several times after receiving complaints about conditions of animals there. An animal control officer checked the residence Oct. 13, repeatedly knocked on a door and got no answer. A 2-year-old female beagle was tied with a leash and a chain to a fence in the front yard. There was an empty plate in the area but no water or shelter available. A large plastic igloo dog house was under a deck that the dog could not reach. A mixed terrier was inside the residence. The officer left a note for the owner to contact Animal Management and the beagle was impounded. The case was continuing.
Opossum Pulled From Trash
FORESTVILLE, Walters Lane, 2900 block, Oct. 13. An animal control officer picked up an opossum being held in a trash container at a residence and returned it to the wild.
Snake Found in Washtub
HYATTSVILLE, Longford Dr., 1800 block, Oct. 13. An animal control officer picked up a small brown snake being held in a washtub in a resident's basement. It was returned to the wild.
Raccoon Taken From Yard
HYATTSVILLE, Gumwood Dr., 3000 block, Oct. 13. Animal Management was called about a motionless raccoon in a resident's front yard. An animal control officer picked up the seemingly sick raccoon and took it to the shelter to be euthanized.
Parakeet Left Behind in Eviction
FORESTVILLE, Brooks Dr., 2000 block, Oct. 13. A caged bird was left in an apartment following the eviction of a tenant. An animal control officer picked up the small parakeet and took it to the shelter.
Stray Cat Impounded
CLINTON, Shannan Dr., 8800 block, Oct. 13. A cat was found in a trap inside a resident's closed garage. The resident could not determine how the cat got inside. The gray and white, 3-month-old domestic shorthair male kitten did not have a collar or identification, and was being held as a stray.
Stray Dogs Brought to Shelter
CHEVERLY, Arbor St., 6100 block, Oct. 12. A resident called about a stray dog being held in her home. An animal control officer picked up the white and tan, 4-year-old female Labrador retriever. It had a collar but no identification and was being held at the shelter.
SUITLAND, Regency Park Ct., 5600 block, Oct 6. Police called Animal Management about a dog being held in an apartment. The 6-month-old, brown and white mixed female pit bull was taken to the shelter to be held as a stray. It had a collar but no identification.
UPPER MARLBORO, Green Apple Turn, 9800 block, Oct 6. Animal Management was called about stray dogs being held in a resident's fenced back yard. An officer picked up two 5-month-old German shepherd puppies, a male and a female, both black and tan. They did not have a collar or identification. An owner claimed the dogs the next day and paid $200 in fines and fees.
-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN