County residents encouraged to purchase a license, keep dogs safe; Dogs must be licensed by January 1
Smethport/McKean County, PA – Pennsylvanians can now purchase their 2017 dog licenses at their local county treasurer office. State law requires all dogs, ages three months of age and older, to be licensed by January 1 each year.
Licenses may be purchased at the Treasurer’s office between the hours of 8:30 to 4:30 or through the mail. They can also be purchased on line at mckeancountypa.org. Licenses will be for sale through some of the areas Senior Centers and Community Centers throughout the county also.
An annual dog license is $8.50 or $6.50 if the animal is spayed or neutered. Lifetime licenses are also available (only at Treasurer’s Office) for $31.50 or $51.50 for dogs that have permanent identification such as a microchip or tattoo. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license at a discounted rate.
The license application collects information such as the owner’s contact information and details about the dog being licensed, such as the pet’s name, age, breed and color. The information is used by the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law, local police and shelters to identify lost dogs and get them home safely.
Mary Jo Sherwood, McKean County Treasurer stressed the importance of licensing:
• It’s the law. All dogs, three months of age and older, must have a current license.
• If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps identify your dog and return him safely to you.
• The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog.
• License fees support animal control through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations.
Mary Jo Sherwood, McKean County Treasurer, McKean County Courthouse 500 West Main Street, Smethport, PA 16749. 814-887-3220 or firstname.lastname@example.org