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; click on Government, then Agency Index.

Police Shoot Charging Pit Bull

UPPER MARLBORO, Jeff Rd., 3500 block, Nov. 9. A pit bull that was running loose attacked a mail carrier and chased two residents into their house. An animal control officer found the brown and white dog loose in a front yard in which a kennel enclosure was set up in a carport area, with a gate that would permit the dog to escape. The dog was agitated and charged the officer and a police officer, who then shot the 5-year-old pit bull. Neither the neighboring residents nor the letter carrier contacted Animal Management subsequently. The case was continuing.

Dog-Sitter's Son Bitten

TEMPLE HILLS, Chesterfield Dr., 5400 block, Nov. 8. A resident who was taking care of his mother's German shepherd reported that the dog had bitten his son. The 12-year-old spayed female, which had a tumor on its face, had a current license and rabies vaccination record. It was taken to the shelter.

Pets Reportedly Left Behind

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Marbury Dr., 2400 block, Nov. 9. A dog whose owners were reportedly out of town was running loose with no water or food. An animal control officer got no response from a knock at the residents' door; he saw on the front lawn an 18-month-old male mastiff, which then walked off the property. A 1-year-old female mixed spaniel in an airline carrier was found in the back yard with no food or water. Excessive fecal matter, a soiled bed sheet and a piece of carpet were on the floor of the carrier. Both dogs were impounded and taken to the shelter to be held while the case continued.

Stray Cat Taken to Shelter

UPPER MARLBORO, Twin View Ct., 13000 block, Nov. 9. A resident reported a stray cat being held in a dog cage in a front yard. An animal control officer picked up the black, 3-year-old neutered male, which had no collar or identification, and took it to the shelter to be held as a stray.

Injured Deer Stays in Back Yard

LANHAM, Seventh St., 1400 block, Nov. 9. A resident reported that a deer with a leg injury had been in the back yard since Nov. 7. The deer, which was standing up, may have run into a fence. An animal control officer relocated the deer to the woods.

Cats Available for Adoption

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society is sponsoring cat adoptions, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bowie Petco, 15461 Excelsior Dr. The pets' foster owners will answer questions and accept adoption applications. The adoption fee is $115. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or go to

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN