Dog wardens with the state Department of Agriculture are heading for York, set to canvass neighborhoods Aug. 26 through September to make sure dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.
Under state law, all dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. The fee is $6.45 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.45 for other dogs. Older adults and people with disabilities can purchase discounted licenses for $4.45 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.45 for others. Fines range from $50 to $300.
The sweep is the second for York this year, with officers citing violators after a neighborhood canvass in April and May.
County Treasurer Barb Bair, whose office issues licenses, said applications at her office were about double during those months.
She sold 2,753 licenses in April 2013, compared with 1,910 for April 2012, she said. She sold 3,447 licenses for May 2013, up from 1,614 for the same month the year before.
"I don't know if it was people who had been visited by the warden, or people who wanted to make sure they were legal so they weren't visited by the warden, but we were busy," she said.
About half: Bair said about 30,000 dog owners apply for dog licenses through her office each year, but that number probably only represents about half of the dogs owned by Yorkers.
"Buying a license is very cheap insurance on getting your dog returned if he's lost and also from getting a $300 fine," she said. "It's important for people to know their dog needs to be licensed even if he's in the house. A lot of people are misguided, and the warden will still fine them."
Dogs that are microchipped or tattooed still need a license, she said.
The dog wardens will also be looking to ensure dogs have been vaccinated against rabies.
All dogs and non-feral cats three months and older must be vaccinated against rabies, with booster vaccinations administered.
Licenses: Licensing fees fund the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Dog Law Enforcement Office, which enforces the state's dog laws, per-
forms kennel inspections, regulates dangerous dogs and oversees licensing and rabies vaccinations.
Licenses can be purchased online through Bair's office, at https://yorkcountypa.gov/county-administration/row-officers/treasurer/dog-licenses.html, or at any of the following locations:
---Dennis Emmel, 315 Chestnut St., Delta;
---Pet's Best Friend, 5771 Harmony Grove Road, Dover;
---Hanover Walmart, 495 Eisenhower Drive, Hanover;
---Jocelyn's Puppies, 10 Carlisle St., Hanover;
---W.E. Sell Sporting Goods, 401 York St., Hanover;
---Animal Medic Inc., 3910 N. George St. Ext., Manchester;
---Four Paws Pet Shop, 530 Constitution Ave., New Freedom;
---Cape Horn Country, 3100 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion;
---Diehl's Service Center, 870 Delta Road, Red Lion;
---Spring Grove Animal Hospital, 31 W. Hanover St., Suite 3, Spring Grove;
---Hopewell Veterinary Services, 2 Trouts Lane, Stewartstown;
---East York Veterinary Center, 1997 Industrial Highway, York;
---Getty's Pet Shop, 2908 E. Market St., York;
---Morgan's Paws Pet Care Center, 305 Hill St., York;
---West York Agway, 2650 W. Market St., York;
---York County S.P.C.A., 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York.
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