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 www.goprincegeorgescounty.com; click on "Government," then go to "Department & Agency Index."

Alleged Cruelty Investigated

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Possum Ct., 300 block, June 15. An animal control officer responding to a cruelty complaint found two 8-month-old Labrador retrievers in a yard. The black dogs, both male, were underweight and in poor condition and were on short leashes, one tethered to an old washing machine and the other staked in an area filled with debris. Neither had access to proper amounts of water or food. The animals were impounded, and a cruelty case against the owner is pending.

Two Pit Bulls Impounded

HYATTSVILLE, Capital View Terr., 1400 block, June 15. Following up on a tip, an animal control officer picked up two brindle and white, 1-year-old pit bulls, a male and a female, from the rear of a house and took them to the animal shelter. Although pit bulls are not supposed to be kept as pets in Prince George's County, an animal control officer said that under certain circumstances, the owners might be able to get the dogs back.

Bat Removed From Bedroom

CLINTON, Plum Way, 6100 block, June 15. An animal control officer captured a bat in a resident's bedroom by an animal control officer. The bat was taken to the shelter, where it was euthanized. Rabies test results are pending.

Stray Kitten Euthanized

LAUREL, Silverbirch Lane, 12300 block, June 15. An animal control officer picked up a stray, black and white 1-year-old male shorthair kitten that had been corralled beneath a screened porch. The kitten was in extremely poor health and was euthanized at the animal shelter.

Snake Stories

LAUREL, Basswood Dr., 11700 block, June 15. An animal control officer retrieved a black snake from an area near a resident's front door and released it in the wild.

LAUREL, Bradford Dr., 15600 block, June 14. Responding to a report of a "poisonous snake" emitting venom, an animal control officer determined that the snake was actually a plastic bottle filled with blue ink. Buried under some dirt, it squirted when struck.

Caretaker Volunteers Sought

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society is sponsoring a volunteer orientation at 11 a.m. Saturday at PETsMART, 4500 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or go to www.pgspca.org.

Dogs Available for Adoption

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society will offer dog adoptions from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at PETsMART, 4500 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. The animals' foster caretakers will answer questions and accept adoption applications. The adoption fee is $180 per dog. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or go to www.pgspca.org.

The following was among cases received recently by Hyattsville police. For more information, call 301-985-5060.

Man Charged in Pet's Death

HYATTSVILLE, Madison St., 3500 block, 1 p.m. June 9. A man was charged with animal cruelty in connection with the death of his dog from heat exhaustion.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER