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Dog licenses available at Mundy's Kingston office Jan. 25

March 17. 2013 2:57AM
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Dog licenses available at Mundy's Kingston office Jan. 25

KINGSTON, Jan. 16 ?? State Rep. Phyllis Mundy announced that a representative from the Luzerne County Treasurer's Office will be at her constituent service office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 to license dogs.

Licensing your dog is the law, and the revenue it generates is put to good use by protecting the safety, health and welfare of dogs, said Mundy, D-Kingston. If you haven't already purchased a license for 2013, you're welcome to stop by my office during this special outreach event.

State law requires that all dogs three months or older be licensed by Jan. 1 each year. However, it has been estimated that only about 15 percent of Pennsylvania dog owners license their dogs. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to $300.

License fees range from $6.45 to $8.45, depending on whether the dog is spayed or neutered. Reduced rates of $4.45 to $6.45 are available for senior citizens and the disabled. Dog license revenue funds kennel inspections, compensates shelters for taking in certain dogs and provides grants to animal shelters to help fund their operations. However, the Department of Agriculture has given notice that these grants may not be available after June 30 due to lack of funding.

Mundy's office is located at Park Office Building, Suite 113, 400 Third Ave., Kingston. The phone number is 570-283-9622.

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