State dog guards will carry out dog permit and rabies vaccination checks in 23 counties until June, the State Department of Agriculture said Thursday.
This program aims to raise public awareness of the importance of up-to-date dog licenses and rabies vaccination for dogs and cats for the health and safety of Pennsylvania communities.
"If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to make sure anyone who finds out knows where he lives," said Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. "A rabies vaccination and a license are just very small investments to protect your pet, your family, your community and your peace of mind."
The county of Luzerne will be solicited in May.
The Pennsylvania law requires that all dogs three months old and over be allowed on or before January 1st of each year. The fee is $ 6.50 for each sterilized dog and $ 8.50 for other dogs. Seniors and people with disabilities can purchase a $ 4.50 license for sterilized or neutered dogs and $ 6.50 for others. Dog licenses are available at the county treasurers' offices.
All dogs and non-wild cats aged three months and older must also be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccines should be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity.
Offenders can be cited with a maximum fine of $ 300 per violation, plus court costs.
Dog handlers drive vehicles and wear uniforms bearing the inscription "Guardian of the Pennsylvania Forces" in a keystone with the seal of the state. They wear a badge and a piece of identity.
Supervisors will require proof of license and proof of anti-rabies vaccination. They will leave a written notice to someone who is not at home or not answering the door. Dog keepers will not enter a house or building without permission from the owner.
– STAFF REPORT