Dec. 02, 2019 / Newspaper Columns

By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) 

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement is warning dog owners looking to purchase new or renewal licenses of a fraudulent website selling them online.

According to Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, the department works with county treasurers for the sale of dog licenses. The best way to ensure the completion of an official transaction is to start the process at

Most recently, the department has identified as selling fake Pennsylvania dog licenses and even paying search engines to appear at the top of search results pages for common terms, like “Pennsylvania dog license” or “renew PA dog license.”

Here are some tips to help customers ensure that they are on an official website:
  • Rather than using a search engine to reach a website to purchase a dog license, type directly into your browser’s address bar
  • When in doubt, call your county treasurer’s office. Each county treasurer has a different process; while most offer an online option for purchase of licenses, some do not and require a paper form to be dropped off or mailed.
If you have a concern about a third-party website, contact the Pennsylvania Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection at 1-800-441-2555.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717.260.6136 /