A message from the Bucks County Treasurer's Office: County residents encouraged to purchase a license, keep dogs safe; Dogs must be licensed by January 1
Doylestown, PA – Bucks County Residents can now purchase their 2016 dog licenses at their local county treasurer’s office. State law requires all dogs ages three months of age and older be licensed by January 1st each year.
Thomas E. Panzer, Esq., Bucks County Treasurer stresses the importance of licensing your dog: “If your dog is lost, a license is the best way to get your dog home. License fees support animal control through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual dog licensing and rabies vaccinations.”
An annual license is $8.50 or $6.50 if the dog is spayed or neutered. Lifetime licenses are also available at $51.50 or $31.50 for dogs that have permanent identification such as a microchip or tattoo. For annual and lifetime license applications, please log onto http://www.buckscounty.org/government/RowOfficers/Treasurer/DogLicenses.
A list of the 2016 Dog Agents, who also sell licenses, is also on the above website. Seniors (age 65 at time of application) and persons with disabilities (specific proof required) may purchase a license at a discounted rate.
Licenses may also be purchased on-line at www.padoglicense.com.
Lifetime Licenses are only available through the County Treasurer’s Office.
The license application collects the owner contact information and details about the dog; the name, age, breed and color. This information is used by the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Dog Law, local police and shelters to identify lost dogs and return them home safely.
Dog Wardens will be canvassing Bucks County beginning in April. Wardens will be in Bristol Township on April 5th, Bensalem Township on April 6th and Falls Township on April 7th.
Be sure to get your dog licensed:
- It’s the law. All dogs, three months of age and older must have a current license.
- The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog.
For more information, visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com or call Verna North, State Dog Warden at 610-909-5707.