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.

Rabies Outbreak Quarantines HerdLAYTONSVILLE, Damascus Rd., Feb. 12. A farmer went to his barn and found one of his steers very ill, foaming at the mouth and unable to stand. The steer died soon afterward. The next day, another one of the farmer's steers was acting unusually aggressive, and it charged at him. Having no other choice, the farmer destroyed the animal and notified the Department of Agriculture to request rabies tests on the animals. Both of the steers tested positive for rabies, and the farmer's remaining herd was placed under a 60-day quarantine, after which the health of the animals will be evaluated. It not known how the steers contracted rabies. Neither animal had obvious bite wounds. Further tests were being conducted that might determine what type of animal transmitted the virus to the steers.

Biting Dog Finally LocatedSILVERSPRING, Stateside Ct., 9400 block, Feb. 19. Animal Services officers investigated a report of a dog bite and located the dog's owner after several unsuccessful searches. The owner initially said that the dog had run away, but the owner later claimed that the dog had been given away and that its whereabouts were unknown. The officers needed to put the dog on a 10-day quarantine; otherwise, the bite victim would have to be given a series of rabies shots. The officer issued the dog owner a $500 citation, the fine for failure to quarantine a dog. It was later learned that the bite victim knew the dog and owner and located the dog, sparing the victim from rabies shots.

Emus Found Safe and SoundGAITHERSBURG, Uppermont Lane, 21400 block, Feb. 15. An Animal Services officer investigated a report that three emus in a fenced yard were not seeking shelter from the cold, and their feathers appeared to be matted. The officer found the ostrichlike birds to be healthy, with full and unruffled feathers. They had access to shelter on the property, owned by a veterinarian.

Talk on Living With Kids and DogsThe Montgomery County Humane Society and Your Dog's Friend are hosting author Colleen Pelar to talk about her book "Living With Kids and Dogs . . . Without Losing Your Mind." The event is 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Rd., Potomac. Reservations are required. Call 301-983-5913 to reserve space. Your Dog's Friend is a nonprofit organization recently formed to help keep dogs out of shelters by educating and supporting their owners.

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 to 3 p.m. Saturday

Rockville Petco

1507 Rockville Pike

Silver Spring

Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday

Pet Valu

White Oak Shopping Center

11229 New Hampshire Ave.

-- Compiled by LISA M. BOLTON