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 go to Department & Agency Index.

10 Dogs Taken From Residence

TEMPLE HILLS, Tamworth Ct., 4700 block, May 5. Four Animal Management officials responded to a request to pick up dogs at a residence after the animals' owner was hospitalized. The officials found nine dogs in a dark, rat-infested back yard. The mixed Labrador retrievers were underweight; some were emaciated. Two dogs were barely able to stand and in extremely poor condition; they were taken to an animal hospital for treatment. Animal control officers were given access to the inside of the residence by a brother of the owner. One dog found inside was in fair condition. A dead dog was found inside one of two kennels that contained excessive urine. All of the dogs were subsequently placed with a rescue group. The case was continuing.

Rat Snake Visits Bedroom

FORT WASHINGTON, Potomac Heights Dr., 1300 block, May 21. An animal control officer removed a black rat snake from a bedroom at a residence. It was returned to the wild.

Invasion of the Snapping Turtle

UPPER MARLBORO, Boykin Pl., 13000 block, May 22. A resident reported a turtle in a front yard. An animal control officer picked up the snapping turtle and returned it to the wild.

Hawk Found on Golf Course

COLLEGE PARK, Old Calvert Rd., 5200 block, May 22. Animal Management received a report of an injured baby hawk on a golf course. The fledgling, which was not injured, had fallen from a nest. It was taken to a rehabilitation facility.

Pit Bulls Impounded

UPPER MARLBORO, Harmon Pl., 5200 block, May 22. Animal Management received a report of a friendly stray dog held in a cage on the back deck of a residence. An animal control officer picked up the male pit bull puppy, which had a collar but no identification. It was taken to the shelter to be held as a stray. A woman, saying she was the owner, contacted the shelter when she saw the dog's picture on the Prince George's County government Web site. The case was continuing.

UPPER MARLBORO, Crain Hwy., 100 block, May 23. An animal control officer picked up a stray pit bull tied in a yard at a business. The 1-year-old, gray and white female dog was taken to the shelter to be held as a stray. The owner contacted Animal Management and said the dog was last seen when the owner moved out of the county. The case was continuing.

The following case was reported by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

Kitten Hitches a Ride to Va.

ROSSLYN, VA., Kent St. N., 1600 block, May 23. A kitten survived a trip from Largo to Rosslyn in the engine of a minivan. The driver, who was on the way to work, first became aware of the animal when occupants of another vehicle heard meows and waved their arms to draw attention to the cat.

After the motorist arrived in Rosslyn, an Arlington County animal control officer was unable to reach the kitten. Two hours later, the animal was lured from the engine with cat food.

The uninjured gray female, about 4 weeks old, was put in foster care. If no owner is identified, the kitten is expected to be transferred to the Arlington County animal shelter when it is old enough to be put up for adoption.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN