Corbett Urges Pennsylvanians to License Their Dogs
Tom Corbett today urged Pennsylvanians to license their dogs, saying a dog
license is the best way to ensure lost dogs have a happy homecoming.
temperatures bring opportunities for both people and dogs to get outside and
enjoy the great outdoors, but far too often dogs get away from their families
and get lost,” said Governor Corbett. “A dog license is not just the law, it’s
also one of the best ways to help get your lost dog home safely.”
proclaimed March as “Dog License Awareness Month,” in Pennsylvania. State law
requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year.
Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each
wardens across the state will be out in full force in the coming months
ensuring all Pennsylvanians are following the laws,” said Agriculture Secretary
George Greig. “Dog licenses are easy to purchase and the cost is minimal
compared to the penalty for being caught without one.”
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 persons with disabilities may be eligible
your dog is easy and affordable,” said Montgomery County Treasurer Jason Salus.
“Buy a license from your county treasurer, online or from another licensing
agent like the SPCA, a retail store or veterinary office.”
license application is simple and only requests owner contact information and
details about the dog being licensed, like name, age, breed and color. The
information is used by animal control and shelters to identify lost dogs and
get them home safely.
we rescue lost dogs, some of which are not licensed,” said Carmen Ronio,
Montgomery County SPCA executive director. “It’s heartbreaking to know that
many of the dogs in area shelters could have been reunited with their owners if
they simply had a license.”
more than 2,600 dogs entered shelters and animal control agencies in Montgomery
County in 2013.
fees support animal control through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Dog Law Enforcement Office, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of
dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies
information, visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com
or call the Dog Law Enforcement Office at 717-787-3062.
McEvoy, Governor’s Office, 717-783-1116
Elliott Krepps, Agriculture, 717-787-5085