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Dog Owners - be aware


Dog wardens are canvassing homes in Dauphin Co. this week to ensure canine owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.

Under Pennsylvania law, all dogs 3 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. 

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.

Licenses may be purchased through Dauphin County Treasurer Janis Creason, at the Dauphin County courthouse, by calling 717-780-6550, or from these issuing agents:

  • Dauphin – Hornung's True Value (Dauphin)
  • Elizabethville – Kratzers Hardware 
  • Halifax – Hornung's True Val. (Halifax)
  • Harrisburg – Agway/Hanoverdale Country Store
  • Harrisburg – Hornung’s True Value (Paxtang)
  • Harrisburg – Humane Society of the Harrisburg Area
  • Hershey – Derry Township Building
  • Linglestown – Hornung's Ace Hardware
  • Middletown – Lower Swatara Township Building
  • Middletown  Tender Loving Care Kennels
  • Millersburg – Lehman's Hardware
  • Williamstown  Williamstown Borough Building