By Brad Segall
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Dog wardens were fanning out across municipalities in Montgomery County this week, checking to make sure dog owners have obtained licenses for their pets.
It’s the law in Pennsylvania: all dogs three months or older must be licensed each year. So, dog wardens have been going door-to-door in some communities, making sure the owner’s paperwork is in order.
Failure to comply with the law could result in a $300 fine.
Montgomery County SPCA executive director Carmen Ronio says there are good reasons for getting a dog license:
“Firstly, it’s an amazing way to find your dog, should it become lost on you — it’s proof of ownership because you have registration for that animal.”
When the owner gets a license, the dog gets a tag for its collar.
But, Ronio says, surprisingly with all the licenses sold, just a fraction of the strays they took in last year were wearing the tag. That, he says, makes it harder to track down the owner.