Dog Wardens Continue Licensing, Rabies Vaccination Checks Across Pennsylvania
– Pennsylvania’s state dog wardens remind owners to license their dogs and have
them vaccinated for rabies. Wardens will be canvassing homes across the state
law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed by Jan. 1 each
year. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for
each unlicensed dog.
license is an inexpensive way to keep peace of mind if your dog gets lost,”
said Department of Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “It’s your dog’s ticket
home, and it’s the law.”
owners can purchase a license at their local county treasurer’s office, through
agents and online.
annual dog license is $8.45, or $6.45 if the animal is spayed or neutered.
Lifetime licenses are available for dogs that have permanent identification
like a microchip or tattoo. Older adults and people with disabilities may be
eligible for discounts.
license application is simple and only requests owner contact information and
details about the dog being licensed, like name, age, breed and color.
offered these reasons for dog licensing:
the law. All dogs three months and older must have a current license.
dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps
animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely.
cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. A
license costs less than two cents a day, but owners who fail to license their
dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog.
fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps
keep shelters running and supports the work of the Dog Law Enforcement Office,
which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous
dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. State dog wardens
completed 4,711 kennel inspections last year and issued 3,113 summary citations
and 56 misdemeanor charges related to violations of the Pennsylvania Dog Law.
licenses will be available Dec. 1, 2013.
information, visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com or call the Dog Law Enforcement
Office at 717-787-3062.