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 for 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.

Resident Traps a Skunk

MITCHELLVILLE, Parkside Dr., 2300 block, Aug. 30. A resident reported a skunk in a trap intended for groundhogs, in the resident's front yard. An animal control officer removed the apparently healthy skunk and released it into the wild.

Snake Caught in Netting

GLENN DALE, Ericka Pl., 6000 block, Aug. 22. A resident found a black snake caught in mesh netting around a garden and was afraid it might bite him if he tried to free it. He left a note giving animal control permission to enter the property. An animal control officer freed the rat snake, which was unharmed, and returned it to the wild.

Pit Bull's Ownership Probed

SUITLAND, Offut Dr., 4200 block, Aug. 22. A dog was reportedly tied with a heavy chain, with no access to food, water or shelter, in a residential front yard. An animal control officer impounded the 3-year-old male pit bull and left a notice for the owner to contact Animal Management. The owner called the same day to request the return of the dog. According to county law, pit bulls born after Feb. 3, 1997, are illegal. A relative of the owner said the dog belonged to a District resident and had been owned since 1996. The case was continuing.

Stray Dogs Traced to Owners

CLINTON, Woodyard Rd., 8900 block, Aug. 30. An animal control officer picked up two stray dogs from a residence, an 8-year-old male Shiba Inu with no collar or tags, and a 12-year-old female mixed shepherd with current tags. The shepherd seemed to be limping on a hind leg. The owners were identified through the tags on the shepherd, which had been picked up previously. The case was continuing.

Pekingese Found Tied to Faucet

SUITLAND, Tangier Pl., 4800 block, Aug. 29. Animal Management received a report of a small white dog tied in a back yard without access to shelter. The 5-year-old white female Pekingese was held on a three-foot leash and tied to an outside water faucet, which was approximately three feet off the ground and did not permit movement. The dog was thin and partially covered with fecal matter and urine. It was taken to a hospital for examination. The case was continuing.

Strays Impounded

COLLEGE PARK, Mineola Rd., 5100 block, Aug. 30. An animal control officer picked up two 7-month-old dogs being held in a residential yard. The wirehaired buff Chihuahua and brown mixed dachshund did not have collars or tags. They were held as strays.

LAUREL, Washington Blvd., 900 block, Aug. 22. A stray dog that appeared to be blind in one eye was brought to a pet supply store. An animal control officer picked up the 18-year-old dog, a male, tan and white Yorkshire terrier. It did not have a collar or ID and was taken to the shelter.

HYATTSVILLE, Carrollton Parkway and Lamont Drive, Aug. 24. Animal Management received three calls about a stray German shepherd puppy that had been held in a fenced back yard, then seen under a bridge, and finally held at another residence. The 5-month-old female, black and tan puppy was taken to the shelter.

HYATTSVILLE, Forest Hill Dr., 7000 block, Aug. 30. An animal control officer picked up a 2-year-old, red and white male Pomeranian with a red nylon collar and a rabies tag. The owner was located. The case was continuing.

LAUREL, Municipal Sq., 300 block, Aug. 22. Laurel police requested animal control officials to pick up a stray dog found behind Laurel Lakes Mall. An animal control officer impounded a black, 6-month-old male German shepherd that had a black nylon collar but no identification. It was later adopted.

Dogs and Cats Available

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society will offer dog adoptions from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Petsmart, 5154 Nicholson Lane, Kensington. Cat adoptions will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. at Petco, 6181 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia. The pets' foster owners will answer questions and accept adoption applications. The adoption fee is $115 per cat and $180 per dog. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or go to

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN