The following were among animal cases handled recently by the Howard County Division of Animal Control. The Howard County Animal Shelter is open for pet adoptions from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. other weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, except holidays. For more information, call 410-313-2780.

Child Bitten by Raccoon

ELLICOTT CITY, Brittany Dr., 4100 block, 8 p.m. June 12. A child was reported to have been bitten on a finger while trying to feed a raccoon. Animal control officers trapped the raccoon, which was euthanized and tested for rabies.

Shepherd a Repeat Offender

ELLICOTT CITY, Shirley Meadow Ct., 10200 block, 10 a.m. June 14. A shepherd mix ran off its owner's property and attacked a golden retriever. Although the attack was considered minor, an investigation revealed that this was the second dog the shepherd had attacked this year. A declaration of a potentially dangerous animal was under consideration.

Aggressive Pit Bulls Shot

LAUREL, Kenbrooke Ct., 9300 block, 7:37 a.m. June 15. Police reported to animal control that two aggressive pit bulls were at large and had chased a person who took refuge on top of a car. One dog charged an officer, who in self-defense shot both dogs, according to police. Animal control officers took the dogs to a veterinarian. One dog was euthanized, and an animal control administrator ordered the second pit bull impounded pending further investigation.

Cat Adoption Show Is Sunday

The Howard County Cat Club, whose mission is to prevent cats from being turned in to shelters, is sponsoring an adoption show from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Many types of neutered or spayed cats, which have been vaccinated and tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus, will be available. Potential adopters must complete an application and sign an adoption contract. Adoption fees are $95 per cat or $145 for two. The show will be held at Petco, 6181 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia. 410-730-3679 or

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES