These were among the cases received recently by the Montgomery County Animal Services Division. For 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.

Empty shell of a neighbor: Mississippi Ave., 400 block, Takoma Park, Dec. 23. A person called animal services to report a sick turtle in her back yard on a ledge. The woman, who said she was afraid of reptiles, said she didn’t know what to do with the turtle. The officer discovered a turtle made of plastic that might have been placed in the yard by an acquaintance as a prank.

Dog attacks, kills duck: Aiken Dr., 26400 block, Clarksburg, Dec. 19. A Siberian husky entered a person’s property and then attacked one of the person’s ducks, killing it. The duck’s owner reported to animal services that this was not the first time the dog attacked one of his birds but that, in the past, the canine had always fled before being caught. After the latest attack, the duck’s owner followed the husky and gave its owner’s address to animal services. Animal services met with the owner, who denied owning the dog that attacked. Because the dog was not licensed or vaccinated against rabies, the officer issued two citations, for $100 and $500, respectively. The duck’s owner requested an affidavit that , if returned, could result in additional citations being issued for unwanted contact and the dog being at loose.

No-kill shelter has adoptable cats: Cats and kittens will be available for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County shelter at the following location. For information, call 301-740-2511 or visit

Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County no-kill shelter
12 Park Ave.
Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday

Montgomery County Humane Society: Dogs, cats and other pets will be available through the Montgomery County Humane Society at the following locations. To confirm the schedule, call 240-793-4201 or visit .

Pet Valu
18115 Town Center Dr.
Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday

Pet Valu
9809 Main St.
Noon to 3p.m. Sunday

— Compiled by Lisa M. Bolton