These were among cases received recently by the Montgomery County Animal Services Division. For 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.

Couple Hurt in Dog Attack

GERMANTOWN, Falling Water Cir., 12900 block, Oct. 15. A couple was walking their mixed-breed beagle in an apartment complex when a pit bull broke through the screen of a sliding door and charged after the beagle. Both owners received bite wounds while attempting to rescue their dog and were taken to a local hospital for treatment. The beagle was taken to a veterinarian for treatment of its injuries. A resident of the apartment, a friend of the pit bull's owner, called the dog back into the apartment. The resident gave permission for Montgomery County Police and animal services officers to enter the apartment, where they used a catchpole to remove the dog. The owner returned home and agreed to relinquish the pit bull. The dog was euthanized at the Montgomery County Animal. The beagle and its owners were recovering.

Dalmatian Ordered Restrained

ROCKVILLE, Parklawn Dr., 11900 block, Oct. 12. Montgomery County Animal Services received complaints about a Dalmatian that was running loose, and the dog's owner was warned numerous times. Eventually, animal services cited the owner, and a judge required that the dog be leashed or confined or it would be subject to seizure. A neighbor later saw the dog outdoors without a restraint and filed an affidavit with animal services. Animal services impounded the dog, and the dog's owner appealed. The dog remained at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter.

Montgomery's Microchip Law

The Montgomery County Council recently adopted a regulation requiring that all dogs and cats impounded at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter be implanted with identification microchips prior to release. Also, the council has required that owners have ID chips implanted in animals declared dangerous or potentially dangerous within 72 hours of the declaration. And adopted animals will be given microchips before new owners can take them home, with a $10 fee charged to owners to cover the cost. Microchips are placed under the skin of an animal with a syringe, usually between the shoulder blades. The microchip can be read by a scanner, and a number in the chip provides registration information. Lost pets bearing microchip identification are more likely to be reunited with owners.

Humane Society Adoption Event

Dogs, cats and other animals will be available for adoption through the Montgomery County Humane Society at the following location. For information, call 240-773-5966 or visit


1 to 4 p.m. Saturday

Petsmart Kensington

5154 Nicholson Lane

Small Animals Available

Hamsters, gerbils, rats and other small animals are available for adoption through Small Angels Rescue at its weekly adoption event at the following location. For information, call 301-668-3117 or visit


1-3 p.m. Sunday

Frederick Towne Mall

1301 W. Patrick St.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL