2010-08-19 / Local & State

Bureau Of Dog Law To Canvass County

The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement will canvass Fulton County the week of August 23 as part of its efforts to ensure Pennsylvania’s dogs are licensed, vaccinated and safe.

State 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 vaccinations 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 e 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 licenses 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, Mc- Connellsburg, Pa., or by calling 717-485-4454.

All dogs must be under control and are not permitted to runat large. Complaints may be reported to State Dog Law Enforcement Officer Tracy A. Miller at 717-987-3370.

For more information contact the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement at 717-787-3062 or visit 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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