Dec. 17, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is reminding dog owners that a 2021 dog license makes the perfect holiday gift for those canine companions.

All dogs three months of age and older are required to be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. The fee for an annual dog license is $6.50, or $8.50 if the animal is not spayed or neutered. Lifetime licenses are available for dogs that have permanent identification such as a microchip or tattoo. Discounts are available for qualifying older adults and persons with disabilities.

Licensing dollars support the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement to:
  •   Inspect kennels and ensure the health and wellbeing of the dogs that spend their lives there.
  •   Investigate and prosecute illegal kennels and bad actors.
  •   Protect the public by monitoring dangerous dogs and investigating dog bites.
  •   Reunite licensed lost dogs with their families and help unlicensed lost dogs find shelter.

Dog licenses are available for purchase through county treasurer offices. As COVID-19 cases spike across the state, dog owners are encouraged to take advantage of contactless purchase options, such as online or mail, to reduce their risk of exposure.

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Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717-260-6136 /