Venango County dog licenses to go on sale Friday

From staff reports

Venango County dog licenses will be available starting Friday.

State law requires that all dogs three months or older, or upon transfer to a new owner, whichever comes first, be licensed on or before Jan. 1 each year.

An annual license is $8.70 and a lifetime license is $51.70. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.70 and lifetime is $31.70.

Discounts are available to senior citizens and persons with disabilities. An annual license is $6.70 and lifetime license $31.70 for seniors, and if the animal is spayed or neutered the annual fee is $4.70 and lifetime is $21.70 for seniors.

Beginning Feb. 1, there will no longer be a discount for spayed or neutered and the lifetime license fee will increase to the following:

  • Regular lifetime license fee will be $52.70
  • Senior/persons with disability lifetime license fee will be $36.70

All dogs must be licensed, and failure to license a dog is a summary offense and could result in a maximum fine of $500 plus court costs for each unlicensed dog.

The minimum fine is $100 plus court costs.

Notices will be mailed from the state Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law at no cost to the county as a reminder to people to purchase their dog license.

Dog licenses can be purchased at the Venango County treasurer’s office, Oil City Agway and the Venango County Humane Society.

And beginning Feb. 1, licenses may also be purchased at Jones Notary and Seneca Veterinarian.

A dog license for 2024 can also be purchased online using the Venango County website. There will be a minimum $1 convenience fee charged by the provider of the service.

For annual licenses, download an application from the county website and include a check or money order payable to County Treasurer.