2013 dog licenses are now past due

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Franklin County Treasurer David Secor is informing all dog owners that 2013 dog licenses are now past due. Licenses must be renewed each year by Jan. 1 no matter when the previous year's dog license was purchased. Licenses are valid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 of each year.

It is state law that all dogs 3 months of age or older must have a current year license or a $300 fine plus court cost, per dog, might be assessed by the state dog warden. The fee is $6.45 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.45 for other dogs. Seniors and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.45 for spayed or neutered dogs and $6.45 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.

Dog wardens are currently canvassing the county and may visit neighborhoods without notice at anytime, to verify that dogs are licensed and have the proper rabies vaccination papers.

A dog license can be applied for, paid for and printed online at www.padoglicense.com

 There is a $2 service fee per license. Purchasing a dog license online provides that the dog is legal on the spot. Email notification will be made to renew at the end of the year. A metal tag will be mailed by the treasurer's office.

Licenses are also available at the treasurer's office between 8:30 a.m.and  4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. If applying by mail, send a completed dog application with the proper fee and signed by the dog owner with a check made payable to Franklin County Treasurer, 157 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, PA 17201. Anyone who no longer has a previously-licensed dog is asked to call 717-261-3120 so that records can be adjusted.

Dog owners who registered online can access a free service through www.palostdogs.com where a dog's digital picture and information can be posted for free.