Dog wardens going door-to-door to check licenses, vaccinations

WEST CHESTER State dog wardens are visiting Chester County homes this month to make sure dog owners have current licenses and rabies vaccinations for their dogs.

Wardens will go door-to-door in East Goshen, West Chester, and Kennett Square during the week of April 6, and in Oxford the week of April 27, according to the Department of Agriculture.

In Pennsylvania, all dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year and be vaccinated against rabies.

Owners who do not comply with the law can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs, the department said.

Licenses can be purchased from the county treasurer. A license costs $6.50 if the dog is spayed or neutered, $8.50 if not, with a discount for older adults and people with disabilities.

Compliance checks are ongoing across the state, the department said.

- Justine McDaniel