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

Runaway Dogs Net Owner Fine

SILVER SPRING, Dogwood Dr., 13000 block, May 17. An animal services officer checked on a report of a German shepherd and a Labrador retriever running loose in a neighborhood and found both dogs in the back yard of the owner's home. The female Labrador was tethered with a choke collar, which is prohibited by county law. The officer removed the Labrador, and as he was taking the dog to his vehicle to transport it to the shelter the German shepherd escaped through a hole in the fence and followed the officer. The officer put both dogs in the van for transport to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. The dogs were returned to the owner later in the day; the owner was fined $100 for allowing dogs to escape and for violating tethering laws.

2 Women Bitten in Dogs' Escape

BETHESDA, Lambeth Rd., 5500 block, May 19. Two Labrador retrievers escaped from their yard when landscapers inadvertently left a backyard gate unlatched. One of the dogs approached a woman on the sidewalk and reportedly bit her on the leg. Montgomery County police and animal services were notified and dispatched. Meanwhile, the dogs came upon a woman crossing the street, and the same dog that reportedly bit the woman on the sidewalk ran up and allegedly bit the woman crossing the street on the leg. Soon after, a neighbor captured the dogs and took them home. A pet sitter who had just arrived took them into the house. An animal services officer put the dog that reportedly bit the two women under quarantine, requiring it to stay in the house for 10 days to monitor it for rabies. The dog had a history of a previous bite and was declared to be potentially dangerous under Montgomery County law. The case was continuing.

Summer Heat Alert

Officials of the Montgomery County police's Division of Animal Services remind pet owners of the danger of leaving pets unattended in vehicles during the hot summer months. On an average summer day, the temperature inside a car, even with the windows down, can rise rapidly to a dangerously high level. In a matter of minutes, a pet can have heat stroke or brain damage or die. Police and animal services officers are authorized by state law to remove pets from vehicles if they are in danger. Pet owners may be charged with cruelty and fined up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL