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.

Running Dog Given Up by Owner

GAITHERSBURG, Amity Cir., 8200 block, Sept. 1. An apparently irate resident called animal services regarding a beagle repeatedly running through the neighborhood during evening hours. An animal services officer went to speak to the dog's owner about the complaint and found the beagle lying under bushes partly off its property. The dog was not confined in any way and the officer noticed that several water bowls at the residence were empty except for sediment. The yard was in need of cleaning and the beagle's doghouse did not have enough bedding. The officer posted a notice on the front door of the house and took the dog to the animal shelter. The owner called the officer and, after some discussion, decided to relinquish ownership of the dog to the shelter. An investigation into the dog's care was continuing.

Dog Left in Car, Owner Is Fined

GERMANTOWN, Century Blvd., 19000 block, Aug. 30. Montgomery County police called animal services for help with a dog that was locked in a vehicle. A towing company employee opened one of the vehicle's doors, and an animal services officer reached into the vehicle and tried to coax the animal out from under a seat. The dog, a Boston terrier, bit the animal services officer on a finger. After removing the apparently frightened dog from the vehicle, the officer posted a notice on the car and took the animal to the shelter. Later that day, the owner went to the shelter to retrieve her dog, saying she had gone into a restaurant to use a restroom, had run into a friend, started talking and forgot about her dog in her car. The owner received a $500 citation, the fine for cruelty to an animal, and a $100 fine, charging her with not having a current license for the dog, and a $75 bill for the towing company.

Duck-Chasing Dog Apprehended

CHEVY CHASE, Gavin Manor Court, Aug. 30. A resident saw a dog swimming in a sediment pond, feared for the dog's safety and notified animal services. An officer determined that the dog, a Brittany spaniel, was playing and chasing ducks. The officer called to the dog, which readily left the pond and went to the officer. The spaniel had ID tags on its collar and the officer returned the animal to its owner.

"Dances With Dogs" Returns

The Montgomery County Humane Society is sponsoring its eighth annual "Dances With Dogs." In addition to a dance there will be a dinner and an auction in which the offerings include theater tickets, vacations, arts, crafts and pet toys; proceeds benefit the Montgomery County Humane Society; 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Marriott Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center, Gaithersburg. Call 301-279-9677 or visit

Pets Available for Adoption

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


1 to 4 p.m. Saturday,


20924 Frederick Rd.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL