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.

Setter Bites Off Sitter's Fingertip

ELKRIDGE, Whisper Way, 5800 block, 2:25 p.m. Sept. 21. A dog in its owner's residence bit off the tip of the middle finger of its dog-sitter while the owner was out of town. The dog, an adult male setter mix, had appeared frightened when the sitter entered the residence. The sitter was attempting to attach the dog's leash when the bite occurred, severing the finger between the nail bed and the first knuckle. The sitter was transported to a hospital, where an attempt to reattach the fingertip failed. The sitter, a neighbor of the dog's owner, reportedly decided not to pursue the matter legally, and no charges were filed.

Living Conditions Corrected

ELKRIDGE, Glenmore Ave., 6300 block, 3:20 p.m. Sept. 21. Adult pit bulls were reportedly tied outside without shelter, and pit bull puppies were being offered for sale. An animal control officer responded and found several puppies in a large pen that was shaded and had food. The water containers were refilled during the officer's visit. Two adult dogs needed water and shelter, and a third adult dog had water and shelter. Except for some fly bites on one dog's ear, all of the dogs were apparently healthy. The owners were given a notice ordering corrections, and they immediately began making them. Follow-up visits by animal control confirmed corrections were being made.

Better Provisions Made for Boxer

ELKRIDGE, Cozy Lane, 6700 block, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Animal control responded to a residence for a report of a boxer puppy being tied out on a three-foot chain without shelter or water. Upon arrival, the officer found a resident with a puppy on a leash and saw a crate inside the residence that had been set up for the puppy. Food and water bowls also were available to the dog inside the residence. A leash in the residence's back yard allowed less than two feet of movement for the dog, and no water or shelter was available outside. Corrections were discussed with the owner. A follow-up visit by animal control confirmed that the corrections were made.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES