HARRISBURG – Two bills have been introduced that would increase PA’s dog license fee to fund the cash-strapped Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. They say the bureau has been unable to fill vacancies, which is stretching dog wardens thin, resulting in fewer kennel inspections, and an inability to keep up with public complaints about strays, vicious dogs, or illegal kennels. All dogs 3 months and older are required to be licensed. The current annual dog license fee is $6.50, or $8.50 if the animal is not spayed or neutered. Lifetime licenses are available for dogs that have a permanent microchip or tattoo. Berks County Sen. Judy Schwank and Luzerne County Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski have introduced Senate Bill 232 and House Bill 526 to raise the dog license fee from $6.50 to $10 annually and also require puppies to be licensed at 8 weeks or the same age they are legally allowed to be sold.

REP. EDDIE DAY PASHINSKI

SEN. JUDY SCHWANK