Pennsylvania’s Rabies Law mandates that all dogsand cats older than 3 months must receive a rabiesvaccination from a licensed veterinarian and continue toreceive scheduled booster shots. Rabies is almost alwaysfatal and jeopardizes not only your dog, but the peopleand other animals around your dog.The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog LawEnforcement conducts random checks to make sure dogsare properly vaccinated. Dogs investigated by localauthorities for disturbances also are subjected to checks.Owners of dogs that do not meet the requirements of
the law are subject to nes of up to $300.
Pennsylvania requires all dogs older than 3 months tobe licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. To obtain a license,
contact your county treasurer’s ofce. A license costs$8, or $6 if the dog is spayed or neutered. Senior
citizens and people with disabilities are eligible for
a $2 discount.
A lifetime license may be purchased instead of
yearly licenses. The fee is $51, or $31 if the dog isspayed or neutered. Seniors may purchase a lifetimedog license for $31, or $21 if the dog is spayed or
Dog owners must pay $50 to redeem their licensed
dog if it is found running at large.
Failure to license a dog will result in a $50 to $300ne for each unlicensed dog. In addition, a seizedunlicensed dog can be held for at least 48 hours,
not counting weekends or when the shelter/kennel isclosed.
**Philadelphia does not participate in statewide doglicensing. Please check with the city health department for pet licensing requirements in Philadelphia.
You can download a dog license application from www.
agriculture.state.pa.us to ll out and sign. Mail theapplication along with your check/money order to your county treasurer.
For more information on Pennsylvania’sDog Purchaser Protection Act, or to
le a complaint, visit the Ofce of the
Attorney General, Bureau of ConsumerProtection Web site at
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In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to abuseor mistreat any animal. Incidents of
animal cruelty should be reportedto your local humane society or tothe police. This also means that youmay not place any poison or harmfulsubstance in any place where dogs orcats may easily eat it, whether it is
on your own property or elsewhere. It
also is illegal to abandon or attemptto abandon any dog.Dog breeders and owners are notpermitted to personally performsurgical procedures on dogs; thisincludes cutting or destroying a dog’svocal cords to “debark” them, earcropping, dewclaw removal andcaesarean sections. Owners arepermitted to perform tail docking
on dogs up to 5 days old, but only
under the supervision of a licensedveterinarian.Owners must be able to prove todog wardens that the surgeries wereperformed according to law, withrecords that include the name andlicense number of the vet, and dateand location of the procedure.
If a kennel owner or applicant has
been convicted of cruelty within the
past 10 years, or if there is evidence
that the person has not rehabilitatedfrom an earlier conviction, there is amandatory loss or refusal of license.A dog is considered dangerous if ithas attacked or killed a human beingor domestic animal, including otherdogs or cats, without provocation. Theperson attacked (or anyone on his orher behalf), the police or the state dog
warden may le a complaint with the
local district justice charging the ownerwith harboring a dangerous dog.
If the dog is found to be dangerous
then the owner must register thedog with the Bureau of Dog Law
Enforcement and pay $500 a year,conne the dog and post a bond or
pay liability insurance in the amount
of $50,000. If the law is not followed,then the dog may be conscated.
Dangerous dogs also must be spayedor neutered and micro-chipped toprovide increased public protection.
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Anyonewho keepsor transfersmore than 26 dogs in acalendar year must have a valid kennellicense.
Owning a pet is a privilege anda responsibility that requires alifelong commitment.
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