With no particular breed being more popular than another, in 2013 residents of Wayne County registered 6,500 dogs. And now, Pennsylvanians can purchase dog licenses for 2014 from their county treasurers. State law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed by January 1 of each year.
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.
Reasons for dog licensing:
It's the law. All dogs three months and older must have a current license.
If a dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get them back.
A license helps animal control and shelters identify dogs and return them to their home. 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 that is paid to license a 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.
For more information, including a list of county treasurers, visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com or call the Dog Law Enforcement Office at (717) 787-3062.