With family gatherings, holiday celebrations and New Year's resolutions to tackle, one minor task can easily be forgotten among all of the hubbub: renewing dog licenses.
But forgetting that minor task could cost you. The maximum fine for having an unlicensed dog in Pennsylvania is $300, and all dogs 3 months and older must have a license in the Keystone State.
When purchasing a license, the following information is required, according to the Northampton County Treasurer's Office:
- The owner's name, address and telephone number
- The dog's name, age, breed, sex and color
- Proof of age for senior citizens (65+)
- Proof of neutering/spaying from a veterinarian's office, which lowers the license fee
In Northampton County, fees for 2012 -- which remain the same after a price incease on Dec. 1, 2010 -- are as follows for regular dog licenses:
- $8.45 for male or female dogs
- $6.45 for spayed/neutered male or female dogs
- $6.45 for male or female dogs owned by senior citizens (65+)
- $4.45 for spayed/neutered male or female dogs owned by senior citizens (65+)
2012 fees for lifetime licenses, which are ONLY sold at the Northampton County Treasurer's Office, are as follows (tattoos or microchips required):
- $51.45 for male or female dogs
- $31.45 for spayed/neutered male or female dogs
- $31.45 for male or female dogs owned by senior citizens (65+)
- $21.45 for spayed/neutered male or female dogs owned by senior citizens (65+)
Dog licenses can be purchased at the following Northampton County locations:
Northampton County Government Center
Revenue Office - Room 302
669 Washington St.
Easton, PA 18042
License applications can also be filled out and mailed in.
Mike's Bait & Sport Shop
328 East Lawn Road
Nazareth, PA 18064
AVH Veterinary Group
1027 Blue Valley Drive
Pen Argyl, PA 18072
Affordable Pet Center
2022 Main St., Lower Level
Northampton, PA 18067
Sandy King's Pets & Supplies
1059 S. 25th St.
Easton, PA 18045
The Center for Animal Health & Welfare
1165 Island Park Road
Easton, PA 18042
Canine Grooming Shoppe
736 Linden St.
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Neighbors Home & Garden Center
38 Main St.
Hellertown, PA 18055