Friday, January 06, 2017
The Dog License Blues
As recently as last year, you could get a dog license at any number of locations aside from the courthouse in Easton or Centralized Human Services Building on Emrick Blvd in Bethlehem Tp. You could also get one at The Center For Animal Health and Welfare (Williams Tp), Sandy King's Pet Supplies (Easton), Affordable Pet Center (Northampton), AVH Veterinary Group (Pen Argyl), Neighbors Home and Garden Center (Hellertown), Super Petz and Canine Grooming Shoppe (both in Bethlehem), and Mike's Bait and Sport Shop (Nazareth). But for reasons unknown to me, and this may very well be a new state rule, you know must visit the county offices or order a license for Fido online.
All dogs three months of age or older must be licensed and up to date on its rabies vaccinations. For a neutered male or spayed female dog, it's $6.50. For all others, it's $8.50. Disabled Pennsylvanians and seniors citizens get a $2 discount per dog registration. You can also buy a lifetime license. Licenses online cost $2 extra. It's called a "convenience" fee.
Though the County's"new" webpage tells you that you can get your dog license online, the supposed link is a failure, like pretty much everything else on that disaster. You can get your online dog license here.
At NorCo Council's January 5 meeting, Matt Dietz noted that some have difficulty applying online, and argued that local businesses should be offered the opportunity to sell these licenses.
"We spend a lot of money on economic development, helping these small businesses, and we did something that took business away," he complained.
"We passed a $300 million budget last month,and the biggest concern I heard about over the last few weeks was dog licenses," agreed Council Prez John Cusick.