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New report recommends increasing PA dog license fees


Harrisburg, PA (AP) – A new report recommends Pennsylvania’s Legislature increase licensing fees and take other steps to put the state Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement on more sound financial footing.

The report released Thursday by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says the agency could run out of money sometime this summer. It also recommends that lawmakers increase penalties for kennels that fail inspections but remain open while they appeal.

The bureau has 41 dog law wardens and inspects about 2,600 kennels.

Dog licenses currently cost $6.50 a year for dogs that have been spayed or neutered, or $8.50 if they haven’t.


Please remember that your dog should be a license for 2020 by now!

If you have a dog, make sure you renewed their license! Any dog three months or older must have a license in Pennsylvania by Jan. 1 of each year.

An annual license is $8.50, or you can get a lifetime license for $51.50. If the dog is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and the lifetime fee is $31.50.

Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities.

The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.

If your dog does not have a license by Jan. 1, you can be fined up to $300 per violation plus court costs.

Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Most of the time, you can even renew them online within minutes.

Clearfield County

Jefferson County

Elk County