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.

Owner Fined in Tying of Dog

SILVER SPRING, Colie Dr., 4100 block, Sept. 8. A black Labrador retriever mix was chained outside in a back yard all day and reportedly whining. An animal services officer found the dog chained by a collar in a debris-filled yard. The dog had no water or food and only a tree for shelter. The officer removed the dog because of a violation of county law, which permits tethering only with a harness. He posted a notice on the door for the owner and took the dog to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. The owner claimed the dog the next day and received notice to clean the yard and to provide the proper provisions for the dog and a harness. The owner paid $67 in fees and was fined $500 for improper tethering.

Pets Left With Neighbor

GERMANTOWN, Greenriver Terr., 20000 block, Sept. 10. A resident was taking care of a neighbor's animals while the neighbors left the home to address family problems. When the resident hadn't heard from the family for several days, she grew concerned about the long-term care of the animals -- a dog, a cat, a rabbit and a hamster. After numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact the owner, she called animal services and reported that no one had been at the house since Aug. 6, adding that she didn't know how long they would be gone. An animal services officer met her at the residence, and the animals were removed. The officer attempted several times to reach the owner and eventually left a message with a relative. The animals were to remain at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter for six days, after which they would be available for adoption.

Crying Puppy Taken From Yard

SILVER SPRING, Tenbrook Dr., 1000 block, Sept. 10. A puppy was reportedly crying all day long. An animal services officer responded and found a young beagle puppy tethered by a collar in the back yard of a residence. The dog had no shelter or water and was in danger of becoming tangled in several yard toys surrounding it. The officer tried to contact the owner at home, but no one answered the door. He posted a notice on the front door and removed the puppy to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. The dog was to remain at the shelter for six days and, if not claimed, would become available for adoption. The case was continuing.

Health Fest, Rabies Clinic

The Montgomery County Humane Society is sponsoring a pet health festival, with veterinarians and representatives of professional organizations available to answer questions about animals' health matters, from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Wheaton Regional Park, 11751 Orebaugh Ave., Wheaton. The festival will include a rabies clinic from noon to 1:30 p.m. And pets will be available for adoption. For more information, call 240-773-5968.

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 locations. To confirm the schedules, call 240-773-5968 or visit www.mchumane.org.

Rockville

12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday

Thrive Yoga

1321 Rockville Pike

Woodmont Station Shopping Center

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL