Honesdale Pa –Pennsylvanians can now purchase 2018 dog licenses from their county treasurers. State law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed.

 

An annual dog license is $8.50, or $6.50 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, including name, age, breed and color.

 

Brian Field, Wayne County Treasureroffered these reasons for dog licensing:

If a dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him/her back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify a dog and its rightful owners.

It’s the law. All dogs three months and older must have a current license.

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 to license a dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which provides a number of vital services to protect dogs and the public. Last year, the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement:

Enforced health and safety regulations in kennels by licensing 2,340 such operations and conducting more than 5,000 inspections.

Helped to secure 5,000 stray dogs, placing them in shelters until those that were licensed could be reunited with their owners.

Issued nearly 3,000 citations and filed 124 misdemeanor complaints for violations of the Dog Law, including failing to license dogs, abandoning dogs, and allowing them to run at large.

Investigated 955 dog bites, and they investigated and monitored 520 dogs that were deemed dangerous by magisterial judges.

 

For more information, contact Wayne County Treasurer at 570-253-5970. For a list of county treasurers, or more information about dog laws visit www.LicenseYourDogPA.com or call the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement Office at 717-787-3062.