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.
BRANDYWINE, Bevard and Cedarville roads, Oct. 28. Responding to a complaint about animals being kept in a wooded area, two animal control officers found a bull, 15 goats, 11 geese, 7 ducks, a mare, a miniature stallion, a miniature gelding, 12 chickens and a pit bull. All the animals were in fair condition but were living in unsanitary conditions. A notice was posted for the owner to contact Animal Management. An animal control officer later returned with a veterinarian, who ordered that all the animals be removed immediately; they were impounded and were boarded at several locations. The property owner reportedly did not have permission to keep the animals on the property. An investigation was continuing.
Bat in the Bathroom
LANDOVER, Dodge Park Rd., 3400 block, Oct. 31. Animal Management was called about a bat in an apartment bathroom. An animal control officer took it to the shelter to be euthanized.
Opossum in the Kitchen
LAUREL, Imperial Dr., 8200 block, Oct. 31. A resident's dog cornered an opossum in her kitchen. The dog had no contact with the animal and had a current rabies vaccination. An animal control officer picked up the adult male opossum and returned it to the wild.
Health Concerns for Horse
FORESTVILLE, Thornfield Ter., 8100 block, Oct. 31. A stray horse was found eating grass in a residential front yard. An animal control officer took the horse back to a secured area where it lives. A notice was left at the property for the owner to contact Animal Control because of concerns about the slightly thin horse. The investigation was continuing.
Kitten Rescued After Fall
GREENBELT, Springhill Ter., 6100 block, Oct. 31. An apartment resident reported that a stray kitten had fallen into an area under her window containing a sump pump. She could not reach the kitten, and its mother was unsuccessful in trying to rescue it. An animal control officer picked up the 3-month-old, female, black domestic shorthair, which had no collar or identification. It was being held as a stray.
Snake Removed From Basement
ACCOKEEK, Cover Lane, 600 block, Oct. 31. A medium-size black snake was found in a residential basement. An animal control officer returned it to the wild.
Runaway Dogs' Owners Found
LAUREL, Bramble Lane, 14000 block, Oct. 31. A stray dog was being held by an apartment resident. An animal control officer picked up the 5-year-old, neutered male, red miniature pinscher, which had no collar or identification. The owner was given a deadline date for claiming the dog.
FORT WASHINGTON, Old Fort Hills Ct., 2100 block, Oct. 31. An animal control officer picked up a small dog running loose. The 18-month-old, brindle and white male mixed coonhound had no collar or identification. The owner claimed it the next day and paid $155 in fines and fees.
Dogs Brought to Shelter
CLINTON, Thrift Rd., 10000 block, Oct. 31. U. S. Park Police reported that a large black dog that seemed confused and injured was lying near a tennis bubble in Cosca Regional Park. An animal control officer picked up the 9-month-old female, tri-colored pointer, which did not have a collar or identification. It was being held as a stray.
MORNINGSIDE, Ames St., 6900 block, Oct. 31. The Morningside Police Department reported that a dog was chained to a pole in front of the department. The dog had been running loose in the area and was dragging a long cable that became stuck under a trash bin. Animal Management picked up the 3-year-old, cream and tan neutered male mixed German shepherd, which had a collar but no identification. It was being held as a stray.
-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN