Bucks County conducting dog license check to promote dog safety

The Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement will be conducting a license canvass in Bucks County on May 24. Multiple wardens will be going door to door educating dog owners as well as checking the status of their dog licenses and rabies vaccinations.

The canvassing effort seeks to curb the amount of lost dogs who, without proper identification, have a harder time being tied back to their owner. If a dog is lost, a current license is the fastest way to get the dog back to their owner.

Here are some quick facts to prepare for a potential Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement’s visit:

  • Owners of non-vaccinated pets may be fined up to $300 per dog, plus court costs.
  • All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year.
  • Owners of non-licensed dogs can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per dog, plus court costs.
  • Owners may purchase a license from your local county treasurer or issuing agent.
  • An annual license is $8.50, and a lifetime license is $51.50. If your dog is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities.

Pennsylvania’s Dog Laws:

  • If your dog is not licensed, you may be fined up to $300 per dog. Get a license at your county treasurer’s office.
  • Your dog must be under control and supervised at all times. You are responsible for any damages caused by your dog on someone else’s property.
  • It is illegal to mistreat or abuse animals. Report suspected abuse to your local humane organization or police.
  • Purposely poisoning a dog, whether it is yours or someone else’s, is illegal.
  • You may not abandon or attempt to abandon any dog. You could be fined $1,000, plus court costs. 
  • Puppies under eight weeks old cannot be bartered, traded, sold or transferred.
  • You must have a kennel license if you keep, sell, transfer, adopt or foster 26 or more dogs in a calendar year.
  • If your dog attacks or kills a human or domestic animal without provocation, it may be considered dangerous. You may face extensive fines and restrictions.
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