Dog wardens to check license, rabies compliance in York County

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During the week of April 13, dog wardens will canvass homes in York County to make sure dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.

According to the state Department of Agriculture, having a dog licensed is one of the best ways to ensure a lost dog is returned home safely.

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.

York County dog licenses may be purchased here. Or by calling (717) 771-9603. Dog owners throughout the state of Pennsylvania can purchase dog licenses here.

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.

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