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Prince George’s County Animal Watch


These were among cases received recently by the Prince George’s County Animal Management Division. Call 301-780-7200 for directions to the county animal shelter, hours of operation and adoption and licensing procedures. The department Web site is

Seizure-ridden dog surrendered: 5000 block, Stoney Meadow Dr., District Heights, Jan. 1. A woman called animal management to report holding two small dogs she found running loose on Suitland Road. An animal control officer picked up a black male long-haired Chihuahua and a tan-and-white Shih Tzu. The owner claimed the Chihuahua on Jan. 3. The Shih Tzu was surrendered to animal management because the owner said he couldn’t care for the dog after it started having seizures. Arrangements have been made to transfer the dog to a rescue group.

Opossum in family room: 10700 block, Bickford Ave., Clinton, Jan. 1. Animal management received a call about an opossum that had come into the family room of a residence. The homeowners were advised to try to open the door and call back if the opossum did not leave on its own. When it didn’t, an animal control officer was dispatched and removed a healthy opossum and returned it to the wild.

Animals removed from police-raided party: 5500 block, Livingston Terr., Oxon Hill, Jan. 1. Prince George’s County police requested animal management assistance with several animals found in a vacant apartment where someone had hosted a party. An animal control officer removed a white male poodle and black male cocker spaniel from a locked closet, a cream-and-white female pit bull from a locked a crate and a black-and-brown ball python. When not claimed, the animals were made available for adoption.

Annapolis pet adoption showcase: The Prince George’s County SPCA/Humane Society is sponsoring cat and dog adoptions from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Petco, 2319-D Forest Dr., Annapolis. The pets’ foster owners will answer questions and accept adoption applications for the animals. Adoption fees are $75 for cats, $180 for dogs. For information, call 301-262-5625 or visit

Upper Marlboro low-cost animal clinic: The Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources’ Animal Management Division will sponsor a low-cost wellness and vaccine clinic from noon to 3 p.m. first and third Thursdays at the Spay Spot Clinic, 3750 Brown Station Rd., Upper Marlboro. For information, call 301-254-8151 or visit

— Compiled by Jillian S. Jarrett


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