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Agriculture Secretary Kicks Off 2014 Dog License Sales in York County

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Dec. 19, 2013


Agriculture Secretary Kicks Off 2014 Dog License Sales in York County

Stewartstown Boy Named Grand Prize Winner of Dog License Poster Contest


York – 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 best friend.


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 quickly.”


Greig offered these reasons for dog licensing:


  • It’s the law. All dogs three months and older must have a current license.
  • If 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.
  • The 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.
  • License 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 dog law.

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 participate.


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.’”


For more information on dog licenses and to see the coloring book, visit or call the Dog Law Enforcement Office at 717-787-3062.

Media contact: Samantha Elliott Krepps, 717-787-5085




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