The following were among animal cases received recently by the Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources Animal Management Division. Call 301-499-8300 directions to the Prince George's County Animal Shelter, hours of operation, and adoption and licensing procedures. The shelter's Web site is at; click on Government, then go to Department & Agency Index.

Shepherd Uses Shed for Shelter

HYATTSVILLE, Madison St., 4000 block, Aug. 22. A dog that apparently had no access to shelter crawled under a shed to shield itself from the sun; it was also reported to bark incessantly. An animal control officer picked up the 3-year-old, white female German shepherd, which also did not have access to food or water. The dog, which belonged to owners of the property, was in poor condition and had an open wound on its left hindquarter. The case was continuing.

Kitten Rescued From Storm Drain

UPPER MARLBORO, Lottsford Rd., 9600 block, Aug. 18. A resident reported hearing a cat in a storm drain behind a restaurant. An animal control officer removed a 4-month-old, gray male domestic shorthair kitten from the drain. It appeared to be weak and dehydrated and was taken to the shelter to be held as a stray.

Resident Traps Five-Foot Python

LAUREL, Contee Rd., 8700 block, Aug. 21. Animal Management received a report of a very large snake in a maintenance shed behind an apartment rental office. A resident trapped the snake, believed to be a pet, in a trash can. An animal control officer picked up the approximately five-foot long, brown Burmese python. The snake was in poor condition with mouth rot and cuts all over its body, and was aggressive, possibly from hunger. It was euthanized at the shelter.

Shepherd's Care Investigated

LAUREL, Old Stage Coach Rd., 13000 block, Aug. 21. A security officer at an apartment complex reported that a dog in an apartment was apparently not being fed, although there were tenants in the apartment. The 3-year-old, brown and black male German shepherd was removed and taken to the shelter. The case was continuing.

Dog, Puppies Taken to Shelter

TEMPLE HILLS, Kernal Lane, 2800 block, Aug. 21. An adult dog and three puppies were reportedly chained in a residential back yard without access to food, water or shelter. They appeared to be tangled together. An animal control officer found three mixed shepherds: a 3-year-old female and two 6-month-old female puppies. A dirty bowl of water was nearby; several other bowls had been overturned. A non-elevated doghouse and a makeshift shelter with dry food were in the yard. The dogs were taken to the shelter, where they were reclaimed by an owner who paid $225 in fines.

Sheriff's Officers Find Pit Bulls

TAKOMA PARK, New Hampshire Ave., 6700 block, Aug. 22. Representatives of the Prince George's County Sheriff's Department who were attempting to serve a warrant at an apartment encountered two pit bulls. An animal control officer removed the dogs, an aggressive black male and a friendly, white and black male. The owners were notified and the case was continuing.

Bat Gets Into Apartment

SUITLAND, Silver Park Dr., 3600 block, Aug. 21. An animal control officer removed a bat that had been flying around the living room of an apartment. The results of rabies testing were pending.

Cats Available for Adoption

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society will sponsor cat adoptions from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bowie Petco, 15461 Excelsior Dr. The pets' foster caretakers will answer questions and accept adoption applications. The adoption fee is $115 per cat. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or go to

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN