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.

Little Visit From Miniature Pony

DAMASCUS, Kempton Rd., 28000 block, May 24. A miniature pony wandered into a resident's yard. The resident captured the animal, tied it to a tree and called animal services. An animal services officer put the pony in a van and took it to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. Staff members of Days End Horse Farm Rescue agreed to take the pony and care for it until the owner was found. The pony was picked up by its owner the next day.

Retriever Cited After Fatal Attack

DAMASCUS, Faith Lane, 9000 block, May 23. A golden retriever jumped over its fence and reportedly attacked a mixed beagle in its neighbor's yard. The beagle mix was taken to a local veterinary hospital where it later died from extensive wounds. An animal control officer spoke to the retriever's owner about the dog's aggressive behavior and its ability to jump the fence and escape. The golden retriever was later deemed potentially dangerous under the county code. A subsequent incident by a "potentially dangerous" animal would indicate it to be a "dangerous" animal and would require its owner to confine it and keep it leashed and muzzled when taken off its property.

Beagle Left Behind in House Sale

SILVER SPRING, Estelle Rd., 12000 block, May 24. A beagle was tied to a tree in a house's back yard for more than 48 hours, reportedly without food, water or shelter. The house was on the market for sale. An animal services officer found the beagle tied by a collar; it didn't have any provisions. The dog was in a muddy hole and was unable to get out. The officer posted a notice on the door of the house and took the dog to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter to stay for six days, then be placed for adoption. An investigation was continuing.

Dog Walk Fundraiser

The Montgomery Multiple Sclerosis Center is sponsoring Bark in the Park, a walk-a-thon to benefit the center. The two-mile walk with pets starts with registration at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Participants will collect donations in advance to sponsor their pets. Prizes will be awarded for highest donation, best costume and more. The event is at Wheaton Regional Park, 2000 Shorefield Rd., Wheaton, in the parking lot to the right of the carousel and train station. Registration fee is $15. Call 301-838-9555 for more information.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL