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.

Potbellied Pig Goes Hog Wild

BRINKLOW, New Hampshire Ave., 19000 block, June 30. A resident alerted animal services that a pig was at her front door and trying to get in. An animal control officer arriving to help initially could not find the animal, but after searching the area, he spotted a 130-pound, black-and-white potbellied pig. He offered the swine a variety of foods, which it ate, but it eluded capture.

Another animal services officer arrived, but the continuing efforts to capture the pig failed. Then the officers heard someone through the woods calling, "Diesel!" An officer asked the person calling what he was looking for and he said, "A potbellied pig named Diesel."

The officers took him to the pig and helped him to guide the animal back to its home.

. . . . And on the Way to the Pig

BROOKEVILLE, Brighton Dam Rd., 1600 block, June 30. While driving to help an officer with a pig at large (see story above), an animal services officer spotted a young Australian shepherd running along the road. The officer pulled over and called the dog, which readily ran to him. He put the dog in the van and went on to help the officer who was dealing with the roaming pig. The dog was taken to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter and the following day the owner claimed it. After paying $67 and receiving a $100 citation -- the fine for allowing a dog to run loose -- the owner took the puppy home.

Beagle Freed From Wall

KENSINGTON, University Blvd., 3300 block, July 4. A beagle left its yard at a townhouse, tried to return and got its head stuck in the lattice of a cinderblock wall. The dog's owner and a neighbor made several phone calls for help, including to Montgomery County Animal Services, then applied lard to the dog's head to try to slide it free. But the attempt failed. An animal control officer helped residents use a hammer and a chisel to chip away the cinderblock so the dog could free itself. Eventually, the dog was able to pull its head out.

Dog Locked in Car; Owner Fined

SILVER SPRING, University Blvd., 2700 block, June 27. A dog was reportedly left in a vehicle at the Westfield Wheaton mall parking lot, where the outside temperature had reached 81 degrees. A Montgomery County police officer found the dog, an Australian shepherd, in a car with one window rolled down just a few inches. The officer was able to reach through the gap, open the door and get the dog out of the hot car. An animal services officer arrived and was posting a notice on the windshield of the vehicle when the dog's owner returned to the car. The officer issued a $500 citation to the dog's owner, the fine for cruelty to an animal.

Pets Available for Adoption

Dogs, cats and other pets will be available for adoption through the Montgomery County Humane Society at the location below. To confirm the schedule, call 240-773-5966 or visit


1 to 4 p.m. Saturday


1507 Rockville Pike

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL