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County dog wardens to conduct compliance checks

by on April 12, 2018 10:09 AM

BELLEFONTE — Those who own canines in Centre County should make sure they are licensed properly and have rabies vaccinations. The county’s treasurer office recently issued a report stating dog wardens will canvass homes in Centre County through June, then again in September.

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.

All types of annual dog licenses, including senior citizen licenses, may be purchased at the Centre County Treasurer’s Office in Bellefonte, or at various other locations throughout the county.  Lifetime licenses also are available at the treasurer's office.

A Permanent Identification Verification Form provided by a veterinarian is required for dogs that have microchips. The microchip itself does not constitute a license. Residents who prefer to have their dogs tattooed must first visit the treasurer's office to purchase a license and obtain a number. Visit for more information.

Additionally, all dogs and non-feral cats, 3 months 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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