These were among cases handled 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.

Resident Dies, Leaving MastiffsSILVER SPRING, Fairland Rd., 900 block, Feb. 8. Montgomery County police, responding to a request to check on the welfare of a resident in a house, found the resident had died and had left 10 mastiffs locked inside various rooms in the house. It appeared the dogs had not been tended to for several days. Animal services officers were called, and they removed four mastiff puppies and six adult dogs to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. The resident's next of kin was told of the dogs' whereabouts. The following day, a relative claimed the dogs at the shelter. Pit Bulls Locked in a ShedGERMANTOWN, Shakespeare Dr., 20700 block, Feb. 6. A dog owner reportedly locked three pit bulls in a relative's shed and did not return to care for the animals. Animal services officers met with the relative and obtained permission to break the lock on the shed. Three pit bulls inside were underweight and scarred, possibly from dog-fighting, according to animal management officials. The dogs were in cages littered with feces and had no available water. They were taken to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. An investigation was continuing.

Dogs Allegedly Left in the ColdBURTONSVILLE, Duvall Rd., 2700 block, Feb. 7. Four dogs were reported to have been left outside in the cold with no water and no protection from the harsh weather. An animal services officer investigated and found two Jindos, each in a pen with a small, empty water dish and no barrier from the cold. Two other dogs were found on the property, a cocker spaniel and a Labrador retriever; both were tethered by their collars rather than by a harness, which is a violation of Montgomery County regulations for proper tethering. All four dogs were taken to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. The following day the dogs' owner claimed all of them except for the cocker spaniel, which the owner gave up for adoption. Three citations totaling $1,500 were issued, as the fines for improper tethering and insufficient water.

Spaniel Group Adoption Show Oldies but Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue will have an adoption show from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Rockville PetSmart, 5154 Nicholson Lane. All of the dogs have been spayed or neutered and have had all of their shots. For more information, call 703-533-2373 or visit

Pets Available for AdoptionDogs, cats and other pets will be available for adoption through the Montgomery County Humane Society at the following locations for its mobile adoption unit. To confirm the schedules, call 240-773-5966 or visit


Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday

Pawlitics Pet Store

404 King Farm Blvd.


Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday

Kentlands PetSmart

220 Kentlands Blvd.

'No-Kill' Cat Shelter to Open The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County will celebrate the opening of its no-kill cat shelter, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments will be served. The shelter is at 18959 Bonanza Way, Gaithersburg. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-740-2511 or visit

-- Compiled by LISA M. BOLTON