Dog owners urged to purchase licenses

From staff reports

LEWISTOWN – Treasurer Deb Civitts reminds all Mifflin County dog owners to purchase a 2014 dog license as required by Pennsylvania law.

State law requires that all dogs three months or older be licensed each year. Failure to license a dog is a summary offense and could result in a maximum fine of $300 for each unlicensed dog.

“Licensing helps protect man’s best friend,” said Civitts. “If your dog gets lost, a current license is the fastest way for it to be reunited with you.”

An annual license is $8.45 and a lifetime license is $51.45. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.45 and lifetime is $31.45. Older adults and people with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.45 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.45 for others.

Licensing fees support the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Dog Law Enforcement Office, which ensures the welfare of breeding dogs and puppies in commercial breeding kennels, regulates dogs classified as dangerous, picks up and transports stray dogs and oversees annual licensure and rabies vaccinations for dogs.

Annual licenses may be purchased through the treasurer’s office at 20 North Wayne St., Lewistown, by calling 248-8439 or visiting, or at the following locations: Riverfront Store, Newton Hamilton; The Point Store, McClure; Fisher and Thompson, Belleville; McCoy Hardware Service and Repair, Maple Street, Milroy; and Kline’s Market, McVeytown.

Dog owners who wish to purchase a lifetime license must visit the treasurer’s office. For more information, visit