Dog wardens conduct license, rabies compliance checks in Lackawanna County

For Abington Journal | May 9th, 2016 1:58 pm

HARRISBURG — During the month of May, dog wardens will canvass homes throughout the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s region three jurisdiction in Lackawanna County, ensuring all dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.

The Department of Agriculture reminds dog owners that a license is one of the best ways to be reunited with your dog if you were to become separated.

Under Pennsylvania law, all dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. The fee is $6.50 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.50 for other dogs. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.50 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.50 for others.

Additionally, all dogs and non-feral cats (three months of age and older) must be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity.

Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.

Licenses may be purchased through your County Treasurer, by calling your county courthouse, or from a registered issuing agent.

For more information, visit or call 717-787-3062.

For Abington Journal

Information provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.