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Dog License – It’s the Law

In Pennsylvania, all dogs three months of age or older, must have a current year dog license.  The license should be in place by January 1st., but there is still time to purchase a license for 2015.    There can be a fine up to a maximum of $300 for not having a license on the dog.

There are several reasons why getting a dog license is important.

1.      It’s the law.

2.      If your dog is missing, having him licensed greatly improved your chances of getting the dog back.

Even if your dog is always on your property, accidents happen and dogs do get out of fenced areas, etc.

3.      The cost of the license if less than the penalty for being caught without one

4.      Licenses support the efforts of local animal shelters

You can purchase a dog license at your county courthouse and generally at various locations through-out the county. For first time purchase, you will have to show proof your dog has been vaccinated against rabies.  All dogs and cats over 3 months of age must be vaccinated against rabies. 

The cost for a license is $8.50 for a male dog, $6.50 for a neutered male, $8.50 for a female and $6.50 for a spay female.  There is a $2.00 fee reduction for a person with a disability or a senior citizen.  If you are applying for a license as a senior citizen of a person with a disability, generally you must do this at the County Treasurer located at the courthouse.  Check your individual county requirements on this.

Many dog owners choose to purchase a lifetime license for their dog.  To purchase a lifetime license, your dog has to have permanent identification verification from a veterinarian indicating the dog has been tattooed or micro-chipped.  The tattoo is generally done on the inside of the dog’s upper leg and a microchip is a computer chip about the size of a grain of rice, inserted by the vet between the shoulder blades of the dog.  If the dog is found, many police departments, shelters, and of course veterinarians, can scan the pet to get the reading on the microchip. 

Lifetime license fees are $51.50 for a male dog, $31.50 for a neutered male, $51.50 for a female dog, and $31.50 for a spayed female.  There is a $20.00 reduction in price on the costs for senior citizens and persons with a disability.

Protect your dog and get a dog license. It is the law.