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."

Sheltie Rescued From Creek

LANHAM, Seventh St., 1400 block, Oct. 18. A resident found a small black dog that had fallen into a creek and called animal control to take the "very cold" dog. An animal control officer picked up the 15-year-old female Sheltie and took it to an emergency-care veterinarian to be treated for exposure to the cold. The dog was later reunited with its owner.

Rottweiler's Food Too Expensive

UPPER MARLBORO, Castleton Way, 10700 block, Oct. 8. A mother of six children told animal control she had run out of dog food and couldn't afford to buy more for a Rottweiler left in her care by an acquaintance. She said the man was in a Virginia jail and would be serving a sentence until sometime next year. The year-old female Rottweiler was taken to the animal shelter Oct. 11 and made available for adoption.

Pit Bulls Attack Retriever

OXON HILL, Bock Terr., 6700 block, Oct. 9. A woman reported that a stray boxer had jumped over a neighbor's fence and was holding a neighbor's chained mixed Labrador retriever by the neck. An animal control officer found a 4-year-old, black and white male pit bull and a 4-year-old, brindle and white male pit bull. The officer took them to the shelter, where they were euthanized. The retriever was treated by a veterinarian for multiple wounds.

Officer Picks Up Cat, Kittens

CLINTON, E. Boniwood Turn, 5900 block, Oct. 17. An animal control officer picked up a year-old gray domestic shorthair cat and four nursing kittens. The cat had no collar or identification. The animals were being held at the shelter and may be taken to a rescue group.

Snake Slips Into Basement

FORT WASHINGTON, Willow Wood Ct., 400 block, Oct. 18. An animal control officer removed a gray snake that a woman saw under a plastic bag in her basement. It was returned to the wild.

Akita Found Dragging Leash

UPPER MARLBORO, Joyceton Way and Joyceton Drive, Oct. 18. An animal control officer picked up a tan, year-old neutered Akita that was dragging a leash from its collar. The animal appeared to be malnourished and underweight. It was made available for adoption at the shelter.

Nine Puppies Taken In

UPPER MARLBORO, McCullagh Ct., 12200 block, Oct. 18. Nine stray puppies were reported to Animal Management. After searching for several hours, two animal control officers located and removed four female and five male 2-month-old mixed shepherd puppies. They were not socialized and needed a bath. The dogs were taken to the shelter and made available for adoption.

Dog's Care Under Investigation

BOWIE, Crain Hwy., 2400 block, Oct. 18. Following up on a report of animal cruelty, an animal control officer found a 11/2-year-old male Presa Canario tied with a 5-foot leash to the back fence of a tire store. The dog appeared to be malnourished, did not have access to shelter and was sitting on a piece of plywood on top of a pile of tires. The officer left a notice and took the dog to a veterinarian for care. The case was continuing. No determination had been made about returning the dog to its owner, and it may become available for adoption.

Spaniel Put Up for Adoption

FORT WASHINGTON, Livingston Rd., 11800 block, Oct. 18. A gas station employee contacted Animal Management about a dog that had possibly been struck by a car. An animal control officer picked up an 8-month-old, white and tan female cocker spaniel that did not appear to be injured and took it to the shelter to be put up for adoption.

Parakeet Dies at Shelter

COLLEGE PARK, 49th Ave., 9800 block, Oct. 17. A person at an elementary school found a stray, blue and green parakeet with a band on its leg. The bird was taken to the animal shelter, where it died of natural causes the next day.

Stray Retriever Taken to Shelter

TEMPLE HILLS, Gaither St., 2500 block, Oct. 18. An animal control officer picked up a stray 10-month-old black female mixed Labrador retriever and took it to the shelter. The dog, which did not have a collar or identification, was made available for adoption.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER