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.

Rabid Cat Bites Silver Spring Girl

SILVER SPRING, Kingtree St., 3000 block, Aug. 5. A stray cat approached two girls visiting their neighbor, then lunged at one of the girls, who had begun petting it. The cat charged at the other girl as the pair left the property, and the girl was bitten on the leg. Personnel of Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service and Animal Services Division responded. An animal services officer captured the cat. Because it was acting aggressively and showed neurological signs indicative of rabies, the cat was euthanized and it tested positive for rabies. The bitten girl will receive a series of rabies shots. Animal control officials are requesting anyone who may have had contact with the cat -- an orange tabby with white markings -- to call the Montgomery County Health Department at 240-777-1755.

Puppy, Goat Make a Break for It

SILVER SPRING, Selfridge Rd., 12000 block, Aug. 9. A black Labrador retriever puppy escaped from its owner's property followed by its four-legged companion, a goat. A neighbor called animal services to report the goat, which she had mistaken for a ram, was in her yard. Meanwhile, another neighbor found the puppy, tied it to her porch and reunited it with the owner. An animal services officer retrieved the goat and returned it to the animals' owner, who described the puppy and the goat as "best friends."

Dog Locked in 90-Degree Car

POTOMAC, Tuckerman Lane, 7800 block, 11 a.m. Aug. 13. A resident led an animal services officer to a chocolate Labrador retriever locked in a parked car that was 90 degrees inside. By the time police got the car door unlocked, the lethargic dog was showing signs of heat stress and needed help to move. The dog eagerly drank cool water offered to it. About 30 minutes later, the owner returned from having lunch at a nearby restaurant. He was issued a citation charging him with cruelty to an animal, which includes a fine of $500.

Pets Available for Adoption

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


1-4 p.m. Saturday


20924 Frederick Rd.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER