for Immediate Release
Secretary Kicks Off 2014 Dog License Sales in York County
Boy Named Grand Prize Winner of Dog License Poster Contest
– Agriculture Secretary George Greig today kicked off the 2014 dog license
sales campaign in York County, saying a dog license is the best way to protect man’s
Dog licenses for 2014 are available at
county treasurers’ offices throughout the state. All dogs three months and
older must be licensed by Jan. 1.
“Dog ownership comes with a lot of responsibilities, and licensing your
dog is on the top of the list,” said Greig. “Buying a dog license is easy and
affordable, and dog owners can purchase one at their local county treasurer’s
office, through agents and online.”
An 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.
The dog license application is simple
and only requests owner contact information and details about the dog being
licensed, like name, age, breed and color.
“I encourage all Pennsylvania dog owners
to license their dogs,” said Barbara Bair, York County Treasurer. “Licensing
keeps dogs safe because if they get lost, they can be returned to owners more
Greig offered these reasons for dog licensing:
the law. All dogs three months and older must have a current license.
your 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.
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. This year dog wardens have conducted 4,319 inspections of
the state’s 2,248 licensed kennels. Each kennel is required to be
inspected twice annually. Wardens
have also issued 3,685 citations and 67 misdemeanors to dog owners in
Pennsylvania, including commercial kennels not in compliance with the state’s
Greig also recognized 12-year
old John Frey, who was the grand prize winner
of the Dog Law Enforcement Office’s dog license poster contest. His poster is
featured as the cover of the Dog Law Enforcement Office Coloring Book, which
will be distributed to students statewide.
Pennsylvania students in first through
sixth grades submitted posters to help raise awareness about the importance of dog
licensing. The poster contest, held during Dog Law Awareness Month in March,
was open to all students enrolled in public, private or home school. Students
involved with a sponsoring 4-H club or scouting organization could also
The posters reflected the theme “License
your dog. It’s his ticket home.”
Frey received a $20 cash prize, and his
artwork will be used on promotional displays and websites in addition to the
coloring book cover. Winners of each age division (first and second grade,
third and fourth grade, fifth and sixth grade) received a $15 cash prize, and
their artwork is also included in the coloring book.
“This contest was a great way to educate
students and their families about the importance of licensing their dogs,” said
Greig. “Thank you to all the students who participated to get the word out
about safeguarding their ‘best friend.’”
information on dog licenses and to see the coloring book, visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com or call the
Dog Law Enforcement Office at 717-787-3062.
contact: Samantha Elliott