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."

When Birds Attack

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Regency Lane, 5700 block, June 20. A resident called Animal Management to report that she could not leave her residence because of a menacing bird. She said the bird, which was nesting nearby, had pecked at her and her dog. An animal control officer went to the scene and concluded that the bird was merely acting territorial, and that nothing could be done.

Pit Bulls Euthanized

MOUNT RAINIER, Eastern Ave., 3400 block, June 19. Animal Management received a report from a fire department about a stray dog that had attacked a male German shepherd and Siberian husky mix in the back yard of a residence. The owner had managed to get the shepherd inside after it suffered several bites around its ears. When an animal control officer arrived, the stray dog was bleeding slightly and running loose with another stray dog. The 2-year-old pit bulls, a male and a female, were taken to the shelter and euthanized.

Raccoon Invades Kitchen

MOUNT RAINIER, Arundel Rd., 2400 block, June 19. An animal control officer picked up a baby raccoon found in a kitchen at a residence. It was taken to the shelter and euthanized.

No Tags, but Dogs Get Back Home

AQUASCO, Aquasco Rd., 21100 block, June 20. An animal control officer picked up an 11-year-old female schnauzer that was found at Croom and Molly Berry roads. It had a collar but no identification. The dog's owner had reported it missing and the two were reunited June 22 after the owner paid $80 in fines and fees.

UPPER MARLBORO, Live Oak Lane, 9200 block, June 19. An animal control officer picked up a 3-month-old male Rottweiler being held in the front yard of a residence. The puppy had a collar but no identification. It was claimed June 21 after the owner paid $105 in fines and fees.

Strays Taken to Shelter

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Dateleaf Ave., 200 block, June 20. Animal Management received a call from police about two pit bulls being held in a yard at a residence. An animal control officer took the red and white, 1-year-old dogs, a male and a female, to the shelter to be held as strays.

OXON HILL, Audrey Lane, 700 block, June 19. Responding to a report of a puppy with several cuts on its neck and chest tied up on a playground at an apartment complex, an animal control officer picked up a 5-month-old female pit bull with what appeared to be a skin condition. The dog, which had a collar but no identification, was examined by a veterinarian, who determined that the problem was the result of a chemical having been poured on the dog. It was held as a stray at the shelter.

RIVERDALE, Taylor Rd., 5300 block, June 19. A resident reported a stray dog in a yard; it was limping and appeared to have been in a fight. The 3-year-old, gray mixed bearded collie was picked up and taken to an emergency animal hospital, where it received treatment and a soft cast for a fracture of its left front leg. It had a collar and several rabies tags; however, the information on the tags did not match its description. It was being held as a stray.

Cats Available for Adoption

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society will offer cat adoptions from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at PETCO, 15461 Excelsior Dr., Bowie. The cats' foster caretakers will answer questions and accept adoption applications. The adoption fee is $115 per cat. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or go to

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN