Does Your Dog Have a 2013 License?

Dogs 3 months of age and older are required to have a license in Pennsylvania, or risk a $300 fine.


2013 dog licenses are now available for purchase from Lehigh County and Northampton County treasurers.

WFMZ reports that Lehigh County dog law enforcement officials will be going door to door in coming weeks to make sure dogs are licensed.

Pennsylvania law requires all dogs 3 months and older to be licensed by Jan. 1 each year. 

“A dog license is an inexpensive way to keep peace of mind in the event your dog gets lost,” Agriculture Secretary George Greig said in a press release. “It’s your dog’s ticket home, and it’s the law.” 

An annual license is $8.45 and a lifetime license is $51.45 (and requires a dog be tattooed or microchipped). If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.45 and lifetime is $31.45.

Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. 

A new website, www.licenseyourdogPA.com, helps dog owners access a dog license application, county treasurer contact information, Pennsylvania’s dog laws and an online tip form. 

“This new website is a resource for all your dog licensing questions,” Greig said. “We're making it easier for you to stay in compliance with the law and provide that extra protection for your dog.”

Licensing fees support the department’s Dog Law Enforcement Office, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. 

Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. For more information, visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com or call the Dog Law Enforcement Office at 717-787-3062. 

Contact Information 

Northampton County Government Center

Lehigh County Government Center 

Arthur February 05, 2013 at 01:37 AM
So they are going door to door in Lehigh county. How are they going to force someone to show the dog license? Like everything else, law abiding people will not have a problem but those not obeying the law just will refuse. I don't see the county getting a search warrant to check a dog license.


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