Agriculture Secretary Reminds Pennsylvanians to Apply for 2009 Dog License

December 9, 2008

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff today reminded Pennsylvania dog owners to apply for their 2009 dog licenses before the Jan. 1 deadline.

“Obtaining a license is a quick and easy process that is essential to the safety of our pets,” said Wolff. “If a dog is lost or stolen, a license can help make sure they get home safely.”

State law requires that all dogs three months or older be licensed by Jan. 1 each year. An annual license is $8 and a lifetime license is $51. If the license is for a spayed or neutered animal, the annual fee is $6 while a lifetime license is $31. Discounts are available to senior citizens and people with disabilities.

All dogs must be licensed. Failure to license a dog is a summary offense and a maximum fine of $300 for each unlicensed dog may be issued.

Fees collected through dog licensing are used to fund the Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which helps protect the health, safety and welfare of dogs. More than 900,000 licenses were obtained in 2008.

The Pennsylvania dog-licensing program is administered by the Department of Agriculture. License applications are available at every county treasurer’s office. A list of county treasurers and a downloadable license application is available online at www.agriculture.state.pa.us/padoglaw.

    Nicole L. C. Bucher
    (717) 787-5085

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Source: newswire

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