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.

Pit Bulls' Care Investigated

ELKRIDGE, Keeton Rd., 8000 block, 9:20 a.m. July 7. A dog was reportedly tied outside a residence without shelter or water, and a second dog, which appeared emaciated, was reportedly kept inside the residence. An animal control officer responded and found no dogs outside. The dog's owner showed the officer an apparently healthy 9-month-old male pit bull. A second dog, a 4-year-old female pit bull, was emaciated and had severe hair loss and a skin infection. The owner gave up the female dog, which was taken to a veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment. The dog was later turned over to animal control and had begun to gain weight over a five-day period, but the dog's skin infection was so advanced that the dog had to be euthanized. An investigation was continuing.

Puppy's Conditions Corrected

ELLICOTT CITY, Sonia Trail, 3100 block, 11:10 a.m. July 11. A puppy at a residence was reportedly kept in a dog crate without shade and was apparently being fed chicken necks. An animal control officer found conditions at the residence to be as reported and impounded the puppy. The dog's owner was contacted and was asked to make corrections. The corrections were made, and animal control discussed proper pet care with the owner. The puppy was returned to its owner.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES