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.
Cattle Herd Roams the Block
BOYDS, Clarksburg Rd., 21000 block, Aug. 20. A resident reported a large number of cows and calves in her yard. By the time an animal services officer arrived, the animals had moved up the road. The officer found 30-to-40 cows and calves at a nearby residence standing between a driveway and a swimming pool. He knocked on the door, and the resident identified the cattle's owner. The officer found the owner and told him about the escapees, then he and the owner corralled the cattle back home, where they were safely confined. The owner promised to inspect the fencing to determine how the cattle escaped.
Cat Allegedly Attacks Its Owner
POOLESVILLE, Butler Rd., 17000 block, Aug. 18. A cat being put outside reportedly bit and scratched its owner's arms and hand, leaving several wounds, then escaped outdoors and ran off. A neighbor took the owner to a local hospital for treatment. An animal services officer was called and later met with the cat owner. The officer suggested a humane trap be set to catch the cat so it could be quarantined for rabies. The owner agreed to monitor the trap but said he no longer wanted the cat and would relinquish it to the animal shelter if it were caught. After a few days and no sign of the activity at the trap, the officer told the owner to contact the Montgomery County Health Department for a rabies exposure evaluation.
Woman Bitten, Dog Owner Fined
GERMANTOWN, Valleyside Ct., 1 to 100 block, Aug. 19. An unleashed male German shepherd jumped at a woman who was walking her dog with an acquaintance and bit the woman on the thigh. The woman received nine stitches in her leg at a hospital. The dog's owner was located, and the dog was placed under a 10-day quarantine for rabies observation. Because of the severity of the bite, the dog was declared dangerous and restricted to wearing a muzzle in public and to being confined in an enclosed and escape-proof yard at home. The owner received a $100 citation, the fine for allowing a dog to run loose.
-- Compiled by TINA TOLL