The following were among cases received recently by the Montgomery County Animal Services Division. For more information, call 240-773-5054. This number provides recorded information on such topics as Montgomery County Animal Shelter hours and location, adoption and licensing procedures, rabies clinics and low-cost neutering.

Three Sheep on the Lam

ASHTON, New Hampshire Ave., 18000 block, Oct. 29. A female resident saw three sheep on her property and called Animal Services. An officer responded and found a disabled electric fence on a neighboring property. The fence had been pushed to the ground, enabling the sheep to escape. The officer leashed the sheep and took them back to their property. He fixed the fence and left a notice on the owner's door warning of possible fines for future incidents.

Hogs Run Out of Bounds

LAYTONSVILLE, Foxlair Rd., 21000 block, Oct. 30. A female resident spotted two hogs on a neighbor's property and used a cardboard box to corral them into her fenced back yard. An animal services officer responded and made a plywood ramp. He tried to coax the hogs into the back of his van. The female hog went without incident, but the male refused. The officer called Days End Horse Farm for help. Days End personnel arrived with a trailer. With the trailer and some sweet feed they were able to contain the hogs and transport them to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. The owner contacted the animal shelter and made arrangements to pick up the animals. After paying $91 in impound fees and a $160 transportation fee, he took his hogs home.

Pet Pictures With Santa

The Montgomery County Humane Society is sponsoring pet photo opportunities with Santa Claus. The cost is $15 for 5-by-7 inch print. Proceeds go to the society. All dogs must be leashed, and cats and other pets must be in carriers. Photo sessions are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Pet Barn, 15500-B Columbia Pike, Burtonsville. Call 301-421-0005 for an appointment.

Rabies and Microchip Clinic

The Frederick County Humane Society is sponsoring a rabies and microchip health clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets. The cost for the rabies shot is $5 (cash only); the microchip is $20. A microchip is a permanent identification tag implanted just under the skin between the shoulders of the animal, similar to an inoculation. Most veterinarians and humane societies are equipped with a scanner that can instantly identify an animal with the microchip tag. Bring proof of previous rabies shots, if applicable; minimum age for rabies shot is 12 weeks. All animals must be confined on a leash or in a carrier. The clinic is from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Frederick County Human Society, 5712-D Industry Lane, Frederick. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call 301-694-8300, Ext. 0.

Doggy Manners Class

The Frederick County Humane Society is holding a course in good manners for dogs ages 1 year or older. Terri Hoopengardner, a dog trainer, teaches dogs to stop jumping on people, eating from the table and more. This is a working session, so bring your dog and treats and wear comfortable shoes. The class will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Frederick County Humane Society, 5712-D Industry Lane, Frederick. The cost is $30; registration is required. 301-694-8300, Ext. 0.

Pets Available for Adoption

Dogs, cats and other pets will be available for adoption through the Montgomery County Humane Society Mobile Adoption Unit, which is scheduled to visit the following location. To confirm the schedule, call 240-773-5966 or visit

Silver Spring

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday


12020 Cherry Hill Rd.

Dogs, cats and other pets will be available for adoption through the Frederick County Humane Society at the following location. For more information, call 301-694-8300, Ext. 0, or visit


11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

Frederick County Humane Society

5712-D Industry Lane

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL