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.

Biting Rat Mistaken for Hamster

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, Maple Leaf Ct., 20000 block, Nov. 14. A mother called animal services to report that her 7-year-old daughter had been bitten by a hamster while playing in the back yard. The mother caught the hamster and contained it. An animal services officer responded and found the animal was not a hamster but a domestic brown-and-white rat, which the officer believed may have escaped from a pet owner. The officer placed the rat under a 30-day quarantine. If after 30 days the rat survives, there will be no concern about rabies exposure.

Dog Owner Issued Vaccine Fine

SILVER SPRING, 11th Ave., 8600 block, Nov. 18. A Rottweiler puppy was reportedly chained outside without water or shelter and wore only a collar. An animal services officer spoke to the puppy's owner about county regulations for proper tethering of animals, which require that a dog be tethered from a harness and not just a collar. In addition, the officer discovered that the puppy had not been immunized against rabies. He issued a $500 citation to the owner, the fine for not having a dog vaccinated against rabies.

Two Huskies Caught on the Run

GERMANTOWN, Brandermill Dr., 20000 block, Nov. 18. An employee at an elementary school reported two dogs running loose on the school property. An animal services officer found two huskies roaming loose about two blocks from the school. The officer caught the dogs and took them to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. Two days later, the owners claimed the dogs and were issued a $100 citation, the fine for allowing dogs to run loose.

Pet Photos With Santa

The Montgomery County Humane Society and Lake Forest Mall are sponsoring pet photo opportunities with Santa Claus. Many packages and prices are available, from $10.99 to $34.99; no appointment is necessary. Proceeds go to the society. All dogs must be leashed, and cats and other pets must be in carriers (no hoofed animals). Photo sessions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Center Court, Lakeforest Shopping Center, 701 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. For more information, call 301-279-9677.

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


Noon-3 p.m. Saturday


1507 Rockville Pike


3-8 p.m. Sunday

Lakeforest Mall

East main entrance (adjacent to Silver Diner)

701 Russell Ave.

Small Pets Available to Adopt

Hamsters, gerbils, rats and other small animals are available through Small Angels Rescue at its weekly adoption event at the following location. Call 301-668-3117.


1-3 p.m. Sunday

Frederick Towne Mall

(Near rear entrance to Boscov's)

1301 W. Patrick St.

-- Compiled by TINA TOLL