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.

Holiday Stress at a Turkey Farm

FULTON, Scaggsville Rd., 11700 block, 4:20 p.m. Nov. 17. Animal control was called by a parent whose child had visited a turkey farm on a school field trip and reported seeing dead and dying turkeys on the farm. An animal control officer toured the facility and grounds and saw more than 3,000 turkeys being processed for Thanksgiving. A few turkeys had died as a result of stress and a rapid weather change. The officer reported that the farm workers were properly following agricultural practices and did not find any violations.

Bulldog Reportedly Left Behind

COLUMBIA, Knighthood Lane, 7800 block, 4:16 p.m. Nov. 18. An American bulldog at the above address was reportedly underweight, had an open wound on its back and had been left there by its owner, who had not returned for several weeks. An animal control officer impounded the dog. The case was continuing.

A Reminder About Gift Pets

Animal control officials are reminding those who want to give pets as gifts during the holiday season to make sure the recipient wants the pet and is able to care for it. A gift certificate is recommended so the recipient can select the perfect pet for his or her situation and family. Holidays are filled with lots of excitement and movement. The best time to receive the pet is after the holidays. The pet can then get used to a new home and routine and have a smoother transition.

-- Compiled by LINDA JAMES