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.

Puppy Freed From Hot Car

COLUMBIA, the Mall in Columbia, Little Patuxent Parkway, Aug. 14. Responding to a report, an animal control officer found a pit bull puppy locked inside a vehicle in a mall parking lot. The officer removed the puppy and took it to a pet store at the mall, where it was given water and was able to cool down. According to animal control officials, the temperature was higher than 100 degrees, with a heat index of 112 degrees. The dog was taken to a veterinarian for examination and later released, then taken to the shelter. The case was continuing.

Dog Is Returned

COLUMBIA, Dovecote Lane, 6600 block, Aug. 13. An animal control officer impounded an adult male boxer that had been reported running loose in a neighborhood. The officer obtained the dog owner's address but could not locate an owner at the residence. The officer reported that the outside condition of the property required corrections, including cutting the lawn, removing debris and liming the ground. A notice was posted for the owner to make the corrections. The owner made the corrections, and the dog was returned home.

Cat Wounded, Euthanized

ELKRIDGE, Old Waterloo Rd., 6800 block, Aug. 15. A cat owner attempted to give her Persian cat to someone, but that person declined the offer. A few days later, the cat was found with a large wound on its hind leg that infested with maggots. The cat was taken to a veterinarian. An attempt to save the cat was unsuccessful, and the cat was euthanized. Animal control officials remind residents that the division accepts unwanted animals for free. The case was continuing.

Groundhog Dies in Trap

ELKRIDGE, Washington Blvd., 7700 block, Aug. 8. A groundhog had reportedly been caught in a trap for three days, in violation of county regulations requiring trappers to check traps every 24 hours and to respond immediately to trapped animals. An animal control officer arrived at the location and found a dead groundhog in the trap. The case was continuing.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES