LANCASTER, Pa. — Ag Secretary Russell Redding met on Wednesday with lawmakers, local officials and a couple of pups to promote the well-being of Pennsylvania’s dogs.
Pennsylvania requires a current license for all dogs at least 3 months old, but the Ag Department — which oversees Dog Law enforcement — estimates that fewer than half of the state’s dogs are licensed.
Dog license fees fund kennel inspections, monitoring of dangerous dogs, returning of stray dogs to owners, and compensation for farmers whose livestock are attacked by dogs.
The fee for an annual dog license is $6.50, or $8.50 if the animal is not spayed or neutered.
Licensing fees have not increased in 24 years, yet costs for Dog Law enforcement have increased 112% in that time.
Increasing fees would require legislation, and the top Democrats on the Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees in both houses of the Legislature have written bills to do just that.