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.

Herd of Cattle Impounded

ELLICOTT CITY, Old Frederick Rd., 8600 block, 11:20 a.m. Aug. 27. Animal control officers responded to the area of a report that a small herd of cattle in deteriorating condition was being kept in a pasture with inadequate grazing material. Upon arrival, the officers found an emaciated herd, with no food, water or vegetation source. A veterinarian called to the location authorized the impoundment of the herd. Animal control moved the cattle to an undisclosed location. On the next day, the owner made contact with animal control and relinquished ownership of the cattle. The case was continuing.

Pet Rat Abandoned

ELLICOTT CITY, Montgomery Rd., 4800 block, 8:39 a.m. Aug. 29. A pet rat in a cage was seen outside a preschool building. Animal control could not locate the owner, and the pet rat was impounded. According to county regulations, it is illegal to abandon a domestic animal. The case was continuing.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES