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New bill looks to increase dog license fee in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Two state lawmakers have introduced bills that would increase the dog license fee in Pennsylvania.

State leaders say the fund that helps protect the safety and well-being of dogs in Pennsylvania is expected to run out of money next year due to several factors, including the diversion of $4 million in 2009 to balance the state budget.

Senator Judy Schwank and Representative Eddie Day Pashinski have introduced legislation (Senate Bill 738 and House Bill 1463, respectively) that will:

  • Enable the state to continue cracking down on illegal kennels and bad actors
  • Make getting a dog license easier through a statewide online sales portal
  • Provide resources to protect the public from dangerous dogs

To finance these improvements and to keep the dogs and the public safe, both bills propose increasing the cost of a dog license.

The proposed fee increase would be as follows:

 

 

Current fee

H.B. 1463 fee

Regular dog license

$8.50

$13

Sterilized dog license

$6.50

$10

Regular lifetime dog license

$51.50

$77

Sterilized lifetime dog license

$31.50

$47

Senior/disabled regular dog license

$6.50

$10

Senior/disabled sterilized dog license

$4.50

$7

Senior/disabled regular lifetime dog license

$31.50

$47

Senior/disabled sterilized lifetime dog license

$21.50

$32

 

The dog licensing fee has not been increased in 21 years and currently, each county, and some cities, have their own individual system for licensing dogs. For instance, the annual dog license fee in Scranton is $35 and Altoona charges $54 for a lifetime license.


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