Dog licenses set to be enforced by state

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will be cracking down on unlicensed pets next month.

Dog wardens from the state agriculture department recently announced plans to canvass five northwestern Pennsylvania counties during May. This outreach program helps to ensure that all dog owners in Crawford, Erie, Indiana, Mercer, and Warren counties have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.

Pennsylvania law requires that all dogs three months or older must be licensed by January 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.

Additionally, all dogs and non-feral cats (three months of age and older) must 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.

Warren County residents can receive dog license information from Warren County Treasurer Dennis Munksgard, who can be reached at 814-728-3416.