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Authorities in Montco Checking Door-to-Door For Valid Dog Licenses

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."

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(Montgomery County SPCA executive director Carmen Ronio holds a sample of a collar tag indicating a dog is licensed. Photo provided)


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.

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