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 recorded information, including 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.

Peacocks' Visit Unwelcome

BOWIE, Central Ave., 18100 block, Oct. 4. A resident complained that two of his neighbor's three peacocks were roaming about his yard, getting into his trash and defecating in the yard and on a sidewalk. He added that the birds are frequently loose in the neighborhood. An animal control officer left a written notice at the property where the bird's owner is believed to reside, directing that all animals be kept on the owner's property at all times. The officer was unable to find the birds but did see peacock feathers on the complainant's property near an elevated dog dish next to a garage.

Geese Try Out Swimming Pool

BOWIE, Crain Hwy., 5700 block, Oct. 11. A woman reported two geese "with clipped wings" swimming in her under-construction swimming pool. An animal control officer found a male and a female goose in the small amount of water in the unfinished pool. The officer chased them from the pool, and they flew away.

No Evidence of Snake in Home

BOWIE, Kingsbrook St., 12200 block, Oct. 10. Animal control officers responding to a report of a snake in a woman's basement were unable to find it when they reached the home.

Woman Imprisoned by Dog

UPPER MARLBORO, Endsley Pl., 3600 block, Oct. 11. A woman could not leave her house because a dog was running into her yard and her neighbor's yard. The resident called animal management and Prince George's County police for help. An animal control officer took a year-old black-and-white male pit bull mix to the shelter. The underweight dog was not wearing a collar or ID and was being held at the shelter as a stray.

Retriever Follows Boy Home

RIVERDALE, Kenilworth Terr., 5000 block, Oct. 11. A golden retriever puppy followed a boy to his family's apartment. An animal control officer picked up the dog, an 8-month-old female wearing a collar but no ID. Animal management later learned that the dog's owner was away and had left the dog in the care of a daughter. The owner's daughter was told about fees, fines and a deadline for claiming the dog. The case was continuing.

Lhasa Apso Strays, Owner Fined

LANHAM, Cross St., 7800 block, Oct. 11. An animal control officer picked up a 13-year-old brown-and-white neutered male Lhasa apso. The dog appeared to have been recently groomed and was wearing a collar but no ID. The dog's owner went to the shelter with an expired rabies vaccination certificate. A fine of $150 was assessed, $100 for the out-of-date vaccination and $50 for not having a county license.

Limping Pit Bull Impounded

UPPER MARLBORO, Kyle Ave., 3000 block, Oct. 11. An animal control officer captured a year-old tan-and-brindle female pit bull, which was limping on its right hind leg. The dog was not wearing a collar or ID and was being held at the shelter as a stray.

Assist Animals or Adopt a Dog

The Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society invites potential volunteers to an orientation session at 11 a.m. Saturday at Petsmart, 4500 Mitchellville Rd., Bowie. The organization will offer dog adoptions from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the same location. The pets' foster owners will be on hand to answer questions and accept applications. The adoption fee is $180 per dog. For more information, call 301-262-5625 or visit the Web site,

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER