State officials remind dog owners to get licenses

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – With the New Year almost upon us, state officials are reminding dog owners that the deadline to register their canines is nearly here.

Dogs need to be registered annually by Jan. 1.

The licenses cost $8.50, or $6.50 if your dog is spayed or neutered.

Dog owners with an expired license can be fined up to $300 per dog, and there’s an additional $300 fine if a dog’s rabies vaccine is not up to date.

Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Samantha Krepps said the yearly requirement is easily forgotten and sometimes ignored.

“That’s probably one of the last things people remember, especially during the holidays, that they need to make sure their dog’s licensed,” Krepps said.

You can buy a license at your county treasurer’s office or online at

The application will ask for owner contact information and details about the dog.


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