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.

Pit Bull's Area Ordered Cleaned

COLUMBIA, Stevens Forest Rd., 5700 block, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Two pit bulls were kept at an apartment where a strong feces odor was reported. An animal officer met with a resident and found two dogs in apparently healthy condition. The resident said only one of the dogs lived at the apartment, and the second dog was a frequent visitor. The officer told the resident that the dog's area had to be cleaned and arranged follow-up visits with the resident.

Dog Allegedly Bites Woman

LAUREL, Kings Grant Rd., 9500 block, 2:50 p.m. Nov. 8. A woman saw a dog tied on its own property and approached the dog to pet it because she reportedly thought the animal was cute; the dog then allegedly bit her on the hand. The incident was reported to county health officials, who contacted Animal Control. Animal control officers were attempting to contact the injured woman. The case was continuing.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES