2010-05-27 / Local & State

Dog Law Officials To Canvass County

Agency reminds public that licenses, vaccinations help keep pets safe, healthy

The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement will canvass Fulton County starting the first week of June, as pat of its efforts to ensure Pennsylvania’s dogs are licensed, vaccinated and safe.

Sate law requires that all dogs three months of age and older be licensed by January 1 of each year. The fee is $6 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8 for other dogs. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4 for spayed and neutered dogs and $6 for other dogs.

Additionally, rabies vaccinators are required for all dogs and any cat (that enters a human dwelling) over three months of age.

The maximum fine per violation of the licensing requirement and rabies law is $300. Court costs may also be assessed.

According to officials with the bureau, ensuring your dog is licensed with up-to-date vaccinations is the surest way to keep your pet safe and healthy.

For instance, if a dog gets lost, having a current license is the fastest way for it to be reunited with its owner. Dogs that lack a current license could be transferred to shelters far from their homes and adopted by other families if the original owner cannot be identified.

Dog licenses are available through the Fulton County treasurer, Monica K. Seville, 201 North Second Street, McConnellsburg, or by phone at 717-485-4454. Also at Carol Jean Johnson’s office at the firehall in Needmore and Devin Horne’s office, near the Y, at Fort Littleton.

All dogs must be under control and are not permitted to runat large. Complaints may be reported to the state dog law enforcement officer, Tracy A. Miller at 717-987-3370.

More information may be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement at 717- 787-3062 or at www.agriculture.state.pa.us, click “Bureaus Commissions & Councils” then click “Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.”

To report unlicensed dog kennels or unsatisfactory kennel conditions call the confidential tollfree tip line at 1-877-DOG-TIP1.

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