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.

Blue Heron Tangled in Fish Line

BOYDS, Black Hills Rd., 1 to 100 block, June 4. A great blue heron became tangled in fishing line, and one of three fishhooks on the line was stuck in the bird's throat. Maryland-National Capital Park Police requested assistance with the injured bird from the Montgomery County Human Society. A Humane Society driver captured the large bird and took it to the Second Chance Wildlife Center. The bird, said to be in good condition, was recuperating from the injury. It was expected to be released into the wild.

Cow Goes to School

GERMANTOWN, Bromfield Rd., 13000 block, June 5. An employee called animal services to report a stray cow on the grounds of an elementary school. Montgomery County police arrived on the scene and were able to corral the cow into the loading dock of the school. The animal's owner was found, and arrangements were made to take the cow back home.

Puppy Left in Car With No Water

GERMANTOWN, Shadyside Lane, 13000 block, June 5. With the temperature at 78 degrees, animal services received a report of a puppy in a locked car with one window partially open and no water in sight. The car was in direct sunlight, and the puppy had been there for more than an hour. An animal services officer unlocked a car door and removed the mixed pit bull. He left a notice on the car for the owner and took the puppy to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. The case was continuing.

Lizard's Moment in the Sun

ROCKVILLE, Creek Shore Dr., 4700 block, June 3. Responding to a call about an iguana sitting on a sunny windowsill, an animal services officer wearing heavy gloves scooped up the lizard, put it in a cage and took it to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. It was to remain at the shelter for six days, then be available for adoption.

Pets Available for Adoption

Dogs, cats and other pets are available for adoption through the Montgomery County Humane Society, which is scheduled to visit the following locations. To confirm the schedules, call 240-773-5966 or visit


1-4 p.m. Saturday


5154 Nicholson Lane


1-4 p.m. Sunday

Montgomery County Humane Society

14645 Rothgeb Dr.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL