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Get dog licenses now; crackdown is in June

Posted 4/18/17

Dauphin County Treasurer Janis Creason on Tuesday reminded all dog owners that state dog wardens will canvass the county during the week of June 5 to ensure all dog owners have current licenses and …

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Get dog licenses now; crackdown is in June

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Dauphin County Treasurer Janis Creason on Tuesday reminded all dog owners that state dog wardens will canvass the county during the week of June 5 to ensure all dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.

Pennsylvania law requires that all dogs 3 months or older be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Failure to license a dog is a summary offense and could result in a maximum fine of $300 for each unlicensed dog.

An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50.

If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.50 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.50 for others.

Additionally, all dogs and non-feral cats (3 months of age and older) must be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity.

Licensing fees support the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Dog Law Enforcement Office, which ensures the welfare of breeding dogs and puppies in commercial breeding kennels, regulates dogs classified as dangerous, and oversees annual licensure and rabies vaccinations for dogs.

License applications may be downloaded at www.DauphinCounty.org (keyword: dog) or purchased online at www.padoglicense.com.

Licenses can also be purchased at one of the many agents located throughout Dauphin County, including at the Lower Swatara Township building, 1499 Spring Garden Drive, 939-9377; and in Hummelstown at Hershey Pet Food Co., 245 W. Main St.; 566-2894.

Applications may also be mailed, along with payment, to the Dauphin County Treasurer at 101 Market St., Room 105, Harrisburg, PA, 17101. Residents who have questions about dog licensing in Dauphin County can call 717-780-6550 or visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com.

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