The following were among animal cases handled recently by the Howard County Division of Animal Control. The Howard County Animal Shelter is open for pet adoptions from 1:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. other weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, except holidays. For more information, call 410-313-2780.

Leashed Dog Freed From Fence

COLUMBIA, Sleep Soft Cir., 2200 block, 2:42 p.m. Sept. 16. Responding to a call about a dog snagged on a fence at an unoccupied home, an animal control officer discovered that the leashed dog had been freed by a neighbor and appeared to be uninjured. No further action was taken. Animal control advises pet owners to be aware of the potential dangers of leaving pets tied up outside. Not only can they become entangled and injure themselves, they can wind up in positions that restrict their movement for extended periods, resulting in long-term maladies. Even if left tied up outside for a short time, dogs should not be wearing choker-style collars, which can lead to strangulation. A properly fitted buckle collar is the best solution.

Sheep Slain in Attack

ELLICOTT CITY, Manor Lane, 4800 block, 7:30 a.m. Sept. 19. Animal control responded to a call about a sheep that had been killed in an overnight attack, allegedly by an animal. The responding officer concluded that there was no evidence at the scene that could identify the kind of animal responsible.

Shepherds Need Shelter

COLUMBIA, High Tor Hill, 5600 block, 10:07 a.m. Sept. 21. Responding to a report about two German shepherds being kept outside without shelter, an animal control officer found the two dogs in a fenced and shaded yard and with easy access to water. The officer was told that the dogs usually are housed in crates in a garage but that access to the garage is not available when no one is at home. The dogs' owner agreed to provide proper shelter at all times.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES