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.

Shepherd Bites Trick-or-Treater

GLENELG, Sharp Rd., 4100 block, 11 a.m. Nov. 2. A German shepherd's temperament was evaluated after an incident Oct. 31 when it reportedly bit a girl who had come to its residence trick-or-treating. The girl was wearing a Halloween costume and carrying a Jack Russell terrier. When she arrived at the residence, the shepherd saw the terrier and jumped toward the dog. The child turned away to protect the terrier and was bitten on the chin. Stitches were needed to close the wound. The shepherd was evaluated and found to be friendly to people and obedient toward the owner. The child was recovering. No charges were reported filed.

Dog Euthanized After Attacks

LAUREL, Snowbird Lane, 9800 block, 9 a.m. Nov. 4. A report was received that a Presa Canario on a leash attacked two dogs in a neighborhood on the same day. The owner of the Presa decided to relinquish the dog to animal control. The dog was euthanized and tested negative for rabies.

Two Dogs Reportedly Left Behind

COLUMBIA, Garden Walk, 7000 block, 11:20 a.m. Nov. 6. A resident moved away Nov. 2 and reportedly left two dogs behind in the garage. Animal control went to the residence and found the dogs as reported in apparently healthy condition. A 24-hour notice was posted for the owner or caretaker. When the notice expired, animal control went to the residence and could not find the dogs. The owner later notified animal control that he had stopped by daily to provide care for the dogs while he was setting up a new location for them. The case was continuing.

Trap Damaged in Search

COLUMBIA, Oakland Mills area, noon Nov. 7. The owner of a Shar-Pei called animal control for assistance in finding her dog. The dog had been at large for about two weeks. A humane dog trap was set in an area for three days without success. Someone notified animal control that the dog was seen in another area and that the trap should be set in that area. The trap was moved. The next day, the trap was found severely damaged. The case was continuing.

Party for Dogs and Their Friends

Animal Advocates of Howard County is sponsoring a holiday party for dogs and their human companions, including dog training sessions, contests, games and photos with Santa, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Coventry School for Dogs, 7165-A Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. Proceeds benefits dogs and cats. Admission is $20, but for people who registered for the organization's recent Walk for Paws event, admission is free. For more information, call 410-880-2488, Ext. 3.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES