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.

Snake Invades Basement

FORT WASHINGTON, Livingston Rd., 7600 block, July 4. A resident called to report a two-foot-long black snake in his basement. An animal control officer removed the black rat snake, which was returned to the wild.

Kitten Left Behind in Move

OXON HILL, Southern Ave., 1400 block, July 4. A resident at an apartment complex found a kitten left behind by a tenant who had moved July 1. He put the kitten in a laundry basket on his balcony. The 3-month-old, male, blue-eyed flame-point mixed Himalayan, which had a blue collar and identification tags, was taken to the shelter. Animal control was attempting to contact the owner at a residence on Southern Avenue in Temple Hills.

Coonhound Goes Home

BRANDYWINE , Van Brady Rd., 13000 block, July 4. A resident reported a stray dog in his back yard. He thought the dog had a broken leg. An animal control officer picked up the uninjured dog, an approximately 4-month-old coonhound with no collar or tags, and took it to the animal shelter. The dog was redeemed July 5 by its North Beach owner, who paid fines and fees totaling $65.

Dogs Await Their Owners

CLINTON, Quiet Brook Lane, 9700 block, July 4. A stray Gordon setter wandered into the yard of a resident who was watering her yard. She confined the dog on her property and called Animal Management. An animal control officer picked up the approximately 5-month-old male setter, which had a collar and tags, and took it to the shelter. Its owner filed a lost-dog report July 5, identifying the setter as Boomer. Boomer was waiting to be taken home by its owner.

ACCOKEEK, Cedar Dr., 15500 block, July 4. A resident captured a stray chocolate Labrador retriever-mix and held it in a pen in his yard. An animal control officer picked up the approximately 5-year-old female, which had a red nylon collar but no tags, and took it to the animal shelter. A microchip scan identified the dog as Boo and traced it to Charles County Humane Society. Animal Management and the Charles society posted a notice at the owner's residence in Accokeek.

SUITLAND, Randall Rd., 3400 block, July 4. Prince George's County police captured a black Labrador retriever that had been running into a yard where a cookout was being held. Animal Management had previously received several similar complaints from the same location. The dog's owners were not home. An animal control officer picked up the retriever, an approximately 2-year-old male with a collar but no tags. The officer could hear several other dogs at the residence, but a fence and an addition to the home obstructed the view. The officer posted a notice for the dog's owner to contact Animal Management, then took the dog to the animal shelter.

LANHAM , Princess Garden Pkwy., 6000 block, July 4. A resident held a female German shepherd, thinking that the dog might have been injured by a car. An animal control officer picked up the uninjured black and brown dog, which was approximately 7 years old and had a brown leather collar but no tags, and took it to the shelter. A man who had been taking care of the dog while the owner was out of town was contacted July 6. The case was continuing.

Strays Impounded

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Capitol Heights Blvd., 900 block, July 4. A motorist reported that a large brown dog had crawled under his car and seemed unable to get out. The dog had been seen walking in the street earlier, stumbling and appearing to be very weak. An Animal Management field supervisor picked up the dog, a reddish brown, 3-year-old female mixed chow chow with matted fur. The dog, which did not have a collar or tags, was taken to the shelter. An investigation was continuing.

LANHAM, Piper Ridge Ct., 9100 block, July 4. An approximately12-year-old spayed female German shepherd was picked up from the yard at a residence. The black and tan dog had a choke chain but no identification; it was being held as a stray.

Dogs and Cats Available

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society will offer dog adoptions from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 6181 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia; and cat adoptions from noon to 4 p.m. at Petco, 15461 Excelsior Dr., Bowie. The pets' foster owners will answer questions and accept adoption applications. The adoption fee is $115 per cat, $180 per dog. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or go to

Low-Cost Vaccination Clinic

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society is sponsoring a low-cost shot clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the facility's spay and neuter clinic, 8210 D'Arcy Rd., Forestville, across from the county animal shelter. Rabies shots are $8; a vaccination against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvo virus is $12; a microchip ID implant is $25. All animals must be on leashes or in a carrier. Animal owners not getting rabies shots for their pets must show proof of a current inoculation. Call 301-324-0807 or go to

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN