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

Masked Intruder Panics Woman

SILVER SPRING, Wayne Ave. E., 100 block, Nov. 2. A woman came home from work to find her basement in disarray and her belongings strewn about. Her first thought was burglary, but then her eye fell on a large raccoon, sitting on a bed and looking panic stricken. Panic stricken herself, she called police and asked for a telephone number for animal services. A Humane Society driver removed the raccoon from the basement and released it outdoors. The woman said she was not sure how the animal had gotten inside her house.

Cat Caught Up in Violence Case

BETHESDA, Pooks Hill Rd., 5200 block, Nov. 6. Montgomery County police answered a domestic violence call and found a couple and their cat in the electrical room of an apartment building, where it appeared they had taken up residence. The man was an employee at the apartment building, and the apartment manager was not aware that he was living there. Police removed the couple's property from the premises and asked animal services to take the cat. The black domestic shorthair was taken to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, where it was to remain for six days, giving the owner time to make arrangements to pick it up. If the owner does not claim the cat, it will be made available for adoption. A man was arrested in the incident.

Man Sentenced in Puppy Killing

DERWOOD, Roslyn Ave., 7000 block, Nov. 4. A 29-year-old man pleaded guilty to charges of cruelty to an animal, the result of an incident in July 2004.

During an argument with a female acquaintance, the man hurled the woman's 10-week-old Jack Russell terrier puppy from her front porch, killing it. The woman's screams alerted neighbors, who saw the man put the puppy's body in a plastic bag and into a trash receptacle, and they called police. Police and animal services officers retrieved the dog's carcass. A necropsy showed that the puppy had died of blunt-force trauma. An animal services officer charged the man with animal cruelty, which is a felony in Maryland.

This week a judge sentenced the man to 90 days in jail, but because the defendant had been seeking mental health help, the judge reduced the sentence to 18 months of probation, including attendance at anger management classes.

Pets Available for Adoption

Dogs, cats and other pets will be available for adoption through the Montgomery County Humane Society at the following locations. To confirm the schedules, call 240-773-5966 or visit www.mchumane.org.

Gaithersburg

Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday

Petsmart

220 Kentlands Blvd.

Rockville

Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday

Petco

1507 Rockville Pike

Small Pets Up for Adoption

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 www.smallangels.petfinder.com.

Frederick

1 to 3 p.m. Sunday

Frederick Towne Mall

1301 W. Patrick St.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL