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.
Rabid Fox Attacks Hunter
GAITHERSBURG, Airpark Road and Route 124, Nov. 7. A hunter saw a fox charging at him and picked up a machete to protect himself. He hit the fox, stunning it, but the fox came back at him in an attacking frenzy. The hunter swung his machete again and injured the fox in the right rear leg. He called the Montgomery County Humane Society to assist the injured fox. The hunter protected himself from contact with the animal and was wearing gloves. A society driver took the animal to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter where it was euthanized to be tested for rabies. The Montgomery County Health Department was notified, and the fox tested positive for rabies.
Dog Chained to Fence
GAITHERSBURG, Emory Grove Rd., 8700 block, Nov. 1. A dog was chained to a fence without food or water on a property from which the tenants had been evicted several weeks before. An animal services officer met with the property owner, who showed him a court order prohibiting the tenants from returning to the property. The officer removed the tan male shepherd mix and took it to the animal shelter to remain for six days, then become available for adoption. The case was continuing.
Pit Bull Allegedly Bites Girl's Face
MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Nathans Pl., 18000 block, Nov. 2. A 15-year-old girl was bitten in the face while playing with a neighbor's pit bull. The girl's mother reported the bite to Animal Services and took her daughter to a hospital emergency room. Animal services officers responded and found the pit bull had a history of reported bitings and was under a dangerous dog restriction. The officers took the dog to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, where it was placed under quarantine. The dog will not be returned to the owner unless he prepays more than $400 in boarding fees and makes a successful appeal to the Animal Matters Hearing Board to show he is a responsible owner. The owner was charged with a misdemeanor for violating the dangerous dog law, for which he was fined $500.
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 locations. To confirm the schedules, call 240-773-5966 or visit www.mchumane.org.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Westwood Pet Center
5428 Westbard Ave.
1-4 p.m. Sunday
Montgomery County Humane Society
14645 Rothgeb Dr.
-- Compiled by TINA TOLL