|By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)
The Department of Agriculture announced that state dog wardens will conduct dog license and rabies vaccination checks in Luzerne County during the month of May. This program aims to raise awareness of the importance of up-to-date dog licenses, and rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats to the health and safety of Pennsylvania communities.
Dog wardens drive vehicles and wear uniforms labeled with “Pennsylvania Dog Law Enforcement Warden” in a keystone symbol with a state seal. They wear a badge and carry state identification.
Wardens will request proof of licensure and proof of rabies vaccination. They will leave written notice for someone who is not home or does not answer the door. Dog wardens will not enter a home or building without the owner’s permission.
Pennsylvania law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. The fee is $6.50 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.50 for other dogs. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.50 for spayed or neutered dogs, and $6.50 for others. Dog licenses are available through the Luzerne County Licensing Office.
All dogs and non-feral cats three months of age and older must also be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity.
Violators may be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation, plus court costs.
For more information, visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com
, or call 717-787-3062.
Representative Tarah Toohil
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office