for Immediate Release
Corbett Kicks Off Statewide Dog Licensing Campaign at Pittsburgh Animal Shelter
Pittsburgh – Governor Tom Corbett today urged Pennsylvanians to license their
dogs, saying a current dog license is the best way to ensure lost dogs are
reunited with their families.
“Dog ownership comes with a lot of
responsibilities, and licensing your dog is on the top of the list,” said
Governor Corbett. “For less than two cents a day, a dog license can give you
assurance that if your dog ever gets lost, he has a ticket home.”
Governor Corbett proclaimed March as
“Dog License Awareness Month,” reminding Pennsylvanians to purchase licenses
before dog wardens begin canvassing homes to check for current license and
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 unlicensed dog.
“Dog wardens across the state will be
out in full force in the coming months to ensure all Pennsylvanians are
following the laws,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “Buy a license
for your dog now, because the cost of a license is less than the penalty for
being caught without one.”
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
persons with disabilities may be eligible for discounts.
“Licensing your dog is easy and
affordable,” said Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein. “Buy a license
from your county treasurer or another licensing agent like a retail store,
veterinarian office or, in many cases, online.”
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. The information is used by animal
control and shelters to identify lost dogs and get them home safely.
“Each day we rescue lost dogs, some of which are not licensed,” said David
Swisher, Animal Friends’ president and chief executive officer. “More than
7,600 dogs entered shelters and animal control agencies in Allegheny County in
2013. 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.”
Licensing 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 vaccinations.
For more 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