The following was based on reports from Anne Arundel County Animal Control (410-222-8900) and Anne Arundel County police (410-222-8050).
Buddy Finally Gets to Arizona
BWI Airport, Aug. 25. Buddy, a golden retriever who escaped from his crate at Baltimore-Washington International Airport and was captured after nine days on the loose, is back with his owner. The 3-year-old dog ran off Aug. 16 while being loaded onto a Continental Airlines plane bound for Arizona. Over the next few days he was spotted three times on the airport grounds. Patrols were instituted and humane traps were set, and on Aug. 25, airport employees found the dog in one of the traps.
Animal control officers retrieved Buddy, who they said was in surprisingly good condition, and took him to a veterinary hospital at the airline's request. After being given a clean bill of health by a veterinarian and being fed and bathed at the county animal control facility, Buddy was put on a flight to Arizona. On Aug. 26 he was reunited with his owner, who had just moved to the Southwest.
The following case was reported recently by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. For more information, call 410-222-7256.
Second Bat Positive for Rabies
Annapolis, Cathedral and Dean streets, Aug. 10. The Department of Health issued a rabies advisory after a sickly bat was found at an intersection where another sickly bat had been found July 26. Both tested positive for rabies. Rabies is a deadly disease, and people should not touch or feed stray animals or animals that appear sick. Pets also should be kept at a distance.
Anyone who has had contact with a bat should call health officials immediately at 410-222-7256 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays) or 443-481-3140 (all other times). A bat that shows unusual behavior should be reported to animal control at 410-222-8900. People who have had close contact with a rabid animal must undergo a series of vaccinations without delay.
-- Compiled by SHARON FANNING