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During the month of June, dog wardens will canvass homes throughout the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s region six jurisdiction in Adams, Franklin and Lebanon counties, ensuring all dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.

Counties include:
Franklin County; the week of May 30
Lebanon County; the week of June 6
Adams County; the week of June 27

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 January 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.
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

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