Butler dog owners encouraged to get licenses

September 4, 2012 by  

Throughout the month of September, dog wardens from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will visit homes in Butler and the surrounding area.

The wardens are canvassing homes to ensure that all dogs are properly licensed and up-to-date on their vaccinations. State law requires that dogs over the age of three months have a license and owners are expected to purchase a new one before January 1 every year. State law also requires rabies vaccines for dogs and cats once they are over three months old.

Poster printing and other printing services in Butler could help dog owners learn the state requirements, especially if they are hung in local veterinarians’ offices, animal shelters, and pet stores, helping potential and current owners to be aware of licensing and vaccination laws right from the start. The penalty for failing to purchase a license is up to $300 for each incident.

If a dog-owning resident of Butler does not yet have a license, one can be purchased from several area locations. They are available at the City Hall in Butler, as well as the Butler County Treasurer’s Office. Other places where licenses are sold include Agway on Evans City Road and Pets in the Park at Moraine Pointe Plaza.

The cost of a dog license varies. The standard license for a spayed or neutered animal is $6.45 as of 2012. Licenses for non-neutered or non-spayed dogs are $8.45. The disabled and elderly receive a $2 discount off of the price of a license.