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."

Lost Dog Reunited With Family

OXON HILL, Route 295, Nov. 21. A small stray dog was reported to be in a wooded area on the side of a ramp near Route 295. An animal control officer spotted the dog, but it got away. Two days later, the dog again eluded capture. A trap was set, the dog went into it but was able to extricate himself. An animal control officer captured the dog, a 7-month-old mixed Norwich terrier, which was dirty, extremely underweight and did not have ID. The officer provided foster care for the puppy over the holiday weekend and took it to the shelter Nov. 26. The puppy's owners were located through a lost pet report. The puppy, which had jumped from a vehicle at the family home about 90 days earlier, was reunited with its owners after $85 in fines and fees were paid.

Abandoned Puppies Impounded

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Heath St., 4600 block, Nov. 30. An animal control officer responded to a report of a stray dog in a cage at a residence. The residence's owner said she had returned to the unoccupied property, which was up for sale, and found three puppies. The approximately 2-month-old, brown and black Rottweilers, two males and a female, were in fair condition and taken to the shelter to be held as strays.

Stuffed Toy Apes Dead Fox

LAUREL, Clarke Ave., 13600 block, Nov. 28. A caller reported a dead brown animal, possibly a fox, under a tree in a front yard at a residence. An animal control officer found the "fox" to be a stuffed toy monkey.

Pups Rescued From Woodpile

FORT WASHINGTON, Osprey Ct., 8500 block, Nov. 29. A number of puppies were reported to be under a woodpile at a residence. An animal control officer saw the puppies but could not capture them. The next day, an animal control officer returned with tools to cut into the woodpile and dug tunnels to rescue the puppies. Three 2-month-old mixed shepherd pups -- a tan male and two brindle and black females -- were taken to the shelter to be held as strays. The puppies' mother was not seen; it could not be determined whether there were other puppies in the area.

-- Compiled by LISA MARTIN