Pennsylvania's Dog Laws

What are Pennsylvania's Dog Laws?

  • All dogs three months of age or older must be licensed. Licenses are issued by the County Treasurer.
  • All dogs must be under control and must not be allowed to run at large. Dogs are personal property, and owners are responsible for damages caused bytheir dog.
  • It is illegal to mistreat or abuse any animal. Violations should be reported to a local humane organization or the police.
  • It is illegal to abandon or attempt to abandon any dog.
  • No dog undereight weeks of age may be sold, traded, bartered or transferred.
  • You may not place any poison or harmful substance in any place where dogs may easily eat it, whether it is your own property or elsewhere.
  • You must have a current kennel license if you operate a facility that keeps, harbors, boards, shelters, sells, gives away or transfers a total of 26 or more dogs in any one calendar year.
  • Owners of dogs and cats 3 months of age or older are required to have a current rabies vaccination. It is illegal to interfere with an officer or employee of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture engaged in enforcement of dog laws.

For more information please visit: PA Department of Agriculture - Dog Laws

Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement