The county's animal control office is investigating the deaths of atleast 17 pigs killed by dogs at a Laurel farm in the past two weeks.
The latest death occurred Wednesday, when James Willie Perrie, 90, of the 3500 block Spring Road, told police he found another pig dead at his farm.
Two weeks ago, 16 pigs were killed.
"In this day and age, it is unusual," said Jan Warrell, animal control administrator.
Warrell said her office has set up traps, but that Perrie continues to disable them. She said the farmer thinks there is a pack of dogs on the loose, but Warrell said they have no proof of that.
"We thought we knew who was doing it," Warrell said. "We kept an eye on an owner whohas five dogs and watched them day and night. But his dogs never left the property."
Warrell said investigators think a group of dogs from area homes are banding together at night and killing the pigs.
She said the pigs are not eaten, but all have died from bites to the neck. "They go for the jugular,"
SEVERN MAN CHARGED WITH SALE OF COCAINE
A 26-year-old man was arrested on drug distribution charges yesterday morning after police say he sold crack cocaine to an undercover police officer.
Darryl Anthony Reid, of the 1700 block of Meade Village Road, Severn, was charged with distribution of crack cocaine.
Police say the man sold an officer a piece ofcrack cocaine.
SALE OF FAKE COCAINE LEADS TO 4 ARRESTS
Four people were arrested Wednesday night in Odenton after police said they sold fake crack cocaine to undercover officers.
Police say they were approached by two men outside the My Place Bar on Route 175. They said they bought a glass vial containing suspected cocaine for $70.
After the purchase, the officers called for a uniformed officer in a patrol car and stopped a car.
Police say the driver had some of themoney used in the drug transaction. They say a passenger had a hypodermic needle, and abag of marijuana also was found.
The four Baltimore men were charged with distribution of look-alike drugs: Kim Steven Nichols, 29, of the 2200 block of Norfolk St.; Wendell Eugene Queen, 29, of the 1600 block of Bradish Ave.; Timothy Nichols Preston, 31, of the 2200 block of Norfolk St.; and Donald Walker, 45, of the 21600 block of Childs Court.
ARMED MAN CHARGED WITH THREATENING POLICE
A 29-year-old Odenton man was arrested Sunday after police say he threatened officers and his sister with a knife.
A police report says officers went to a home in the 500 block of Patricia Court at about 7 p.m. and were told the man was chasing his sister with a knife.
Police say the man, whom they found in his bedroom, pulled out a knife from under his mattress. The man dropped the knife after police officers drew their guns.
After what the police report describes asa violent struggle, the man was arrested.
Thomas Francis Regan, of the 500 block of Patricia Court, was charged with possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure, assault, and resisting arrest.