PA Dog Law

Dog Licenses are now available.

Please fill out the license application and send it in to:

Luzerne County Licensing Office, (570) 825-1764

ATTN: Dog License Sales
Luzerne County Courthouse
20 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, Pa 18711

The PA Dog Warden that covers Dallas Township can be reached at (570) 836-2181.

What are Pennsylvania’s Dog Laws?

- All dogs three months of age or older must be licensed. 
- 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 their 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 under seven 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.

More information and an on-line application can be found by visiting the Luzerne County website, at