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.

Snakes Abandoned in Move

SUITLAND, Regency Pkwy., 3900 block, Sept. 10. A resident who moved from an apartment building left behind a number of snakes. A building maintenance worker removed three baby snakes. Another resident told animal control that more snakes were in an area behind an access panel inside a closet. An animal control officer met with the worker, who did not have a key to the apartment. When the officer returned next day, there were no snakes in the apartment.

Injured Turkey Adopted

BOWIE, Booth Bay Way, 11300 block, Sept. 11. A resident reported that an injured bird had been sitting in a back yard all day. An animal control officer took the bird, a brown and red turkey, to the shelter. It was later adopted by a rescue group.

Cat Dies After Apparent Attack

HYATTSVILLE, 20th Ave., 5400 block, Sept. 11. A resident found in her yard an injured cat that appeared to have been attacked by another animal. She put a basket over the cat to protect it until an animal control officer could retrieve it. An officer picked up the 6-month-old domestic shorthair kitten; it died on the way to an animal hospital.

Retriever Is Retrieved

BOWIE, Chelmont Lane, 4000 block, Sept. 11. A resident who found a stray golden retriever was unable to contact the animal's owner. The dog was wearing a silver choke chain and ID tags. An animal control officer took the 6-year-old dog to the animal shelter. The owner paid fines and fees of $195 to claim the dog the next day.

Errant Akita Reclaimed

BLADENSBURG, Volta Ave., 5000 block, Sept. 11. An animal control officer picked up a stray, 4-year-old female Akita being held by a resident in her back yard, which has a fence. A relative of the animal's owner paid fines and fees of $195 to redeem the dog two days later.

Strays Impounded

SUITLAND, Dianna Rd., 3700 block, Sept. 11. An animal control officer picked up four stray mixed German shepherds -- an adult female and three puppies -- from a woman who had found them. Two female puppies were placed with a rescue group, one male was euthanized and the adult female will be available for adoption if not claimed.

OXON HILL, Sachem Dr., 5600 block, Sept. 11. A resident tried to prevent a stray dog from running into the street. An animal control officer picked up the 2-year-old, female black miniature poodle and took it to the shelter. The dog's face, ears and paws needed grooming. It was being held as a stray.

RIVERDALE, 62nd Ave., 5900 block, Sept. 11. A resident found a 2-year-old, female red and white mixed Australian cattle dog and tied it to her porch. It was taken to the shelter to be held as a stray.

Volunteers, Dog Adoptions

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society is sponsoring an orientation for people interested in volunteer work with the organization, 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bowie Petsmart, 4500 Mitchellville Rd. The organization is also offering dog adoptions, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bowie store. The dogs' foster owners will answer questions and accept adoption applications. The adoption fee is $180. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or go to

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN