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.

Goat Gift Is a Go

GERMANTOWN, Drumcastle Ct., 1 to 100 block, Aug. 22. Hearing an animal in distress, a woman looked out her window and saw a neighbor tying a goat's legs together and taking it into his townhouse. The woman called animal services. When an officer arrived, he found that the owner of the townhouse spoke only French, so a translator was found to assist in a discussion of the goat's welfare. The goat's owner, originally from Congo, said that in his culture it was customary for a groom's family to offer a goat to the bride's family as dowry for the bride. The bride's family would slaughter the goat and prepare a celebratory feast with it. The officer ascertained that the goat was to be taken shortly to a slaughterhouse. He did not remove the goat. Animal services officials said that, while respecting the various traditions, religions and cultures within the county, the division makes every effort to make sure animals do not suffer and are treated humanely.

A Bat in Their Bedroom

SILVER SPRING, Thayer Ave., 500 block, Aug. 24. A couple awoke and felt something in their bedroom brushing up against them. They discovered a bat flying in the room. The couple shooed it outside and notified animal services. They didn't think they had been bitten by the bat, but because bat bites are small and because they were asleep with the bat in the room, animal services officials told them to contact the Montgomery County Health Department for a rabies evaluation. At the recommendation of the county health nurse, the couple started rabies post-exposure shots.

Citations Follow Dog Attack

OLNEY, Ivy Lane, 18000 block, Aug. 27. A resident complained that two stray pit bulls had attacked him while he was walking his dog. An animal services officer spoke to the pit bulls' owner, who said that she had been visiting a relative in the neighborhood and that her dogs had escaped from the fenced yard. The dog walker filed two affidavits describing the incident. The officer issued two citations to the owner of the pit bulls, one for each dog running at large. Each citation carries a $100 fine.

Pool to Open for Pooches

Rockville Municipal Swim Center is sponsoring Doggie Dip Day on Saturday, inviting dogs for a swim in the pool. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at 355 Martins Lane, Rockville, and will cost $5 per dog. For more information, call 240-314-8754.

Pets Available for Adoption

Dogs, cats and other pets will be available for adoption through the Montgomery County Humane Society Mobile Adoption Unit, which is scheduled to visit the following location. To confirm the schedule, call 240-773-5966 or visit

Silver Spring

1 to 4 p.m. Saturday


12020 Cherry Hill Rd.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL