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.

Driver Bitten by Dog

COLUMBIA, Cedar Lane, 5700 block, 12:15 p.m. July 15. A female motorist driving through Howard County with her dog was bitten on the arm by the animal. She then drove to Howard County General Hospital at the above address for treatment of several bite wounds. The dog was left in the vehicle. An animal control officer responded and found a boxer in the vehicle and removed the dog. It was later released to the owner under quarantine to make sure the dog was not rabid.

Police Rescue Dog in Vehicle

COLUMBIA, Dobbin Rd., 6100 block, 7:40 p.m. July 20. Police reported that a dog was locked in a vehicle in a department store parking lot and that an owner could not be located. Police had to break the vehicle's window to remove the dog, which was then placed in an air-conditioned police cruiser and given water. An animal control officer responded and examined the dog, a 9-month-old mixed breed female puppy, which had a cut on a right paw. The dog was recovering from the exposure to the heat. The owner was charged $50, the fine for leaving an animal untended in a parked vehicle.

Heat Advisory

Especially during the summer months, animal control officials are asking residents to call police or animal control if they observe an animal in distress in a vehicle. It takes only a few minutes for an animal to be adversely affected by heat. Animals can't sweat to cool themselves and are affected by the heat more rapidly than are people.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES