Animal Cruelty Hotline
Pennsylvania Society for the Protection of Animals (PSPCA) animal cruelty hotline: 866-601-7722.
Click here for the Pennsylvania Dog Law in its entirety.
Region 7 Dog Law Regional Supervisor: 610-489-1003.
(Region 7 covers Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill Counties.)
All dogs three (3) months of age and older must be registered by January 1st of each year no matter when the license was purchased the previous year. An annual dog license is valid from January 1st to December 31st of the year in which it is issued. This is important because Dog Wardens perform canvassing throughout the state for unlicensed dogs using the PADogLicense.com system.To apply for or renew a dog license online, go to www.PAdogLicense.com. There is a $2.00 service fee per license if obtained online.
You will be able to print your license(s) later at your home computer if you use a mobile device to register. Just go back to www.padoglicense.com and from the “Main Menu” click on PRINT MY LICENSE.
Remember, NO LICENSE = $300.00 FINE PLUS COURT COSTS, PER DOG.
By licensing your dog online, you will benefit from the dog being licensed and legal on the spot, you will receive your license tags in the mail promptly, you may print a copy of your dog’s license for boarding purposes, you will receive an annual renewal notice every year, and your dog will have a better chance of being reunited with you if lost. Over 7,215 dogs have been reunited with their owners through www.palostdogs.com.
Dog licenses can also be obtained locally at the Chester County Treasurer’s office, 313 West Market Street, Suite 3202, West Chester, PA 19382. The proper fee must be included (for fee information, see the Chester County website by clicking here) and a check made payable to the Chester County Treasurer if an application is mailed to the Treasurer’s office. Phone 610-344-6370 or click here.
For a list of other locations distributing licenses, click here.
For a summary of the Pennsylvania Dog Laws, click here.
The Dog Warden is an officer of the Pennsylvania Dog Law Enforcement Office who enforces the state’s dog laws to ensure the safety of all canines. Responsibilities include:
– Enforcement of licensing and rabies laws.
– Seizing and detaining any dog viewed running at large without its owner.
– Investigating dog bites and establishing and enforcing quarantine of dogs.
– Enforcing kennel licensing and regulations through at least two inspections of every licensed kennel each year.
– Prosecuting dog law violations in court.
– Providing educational services about dog ownership.
Chester County’s Dog Warden: Maureen Siddons, 610-909-5666
Kennel Licensing and Permitting
Kennels are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Please refer to the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement page and the Kennel Licensing program page for more information on the licensing process. Click here to search listings of kennels and to view inspection reports.
Kennels are permitted as a use by-right in the A – Agriculture, BI – Business Industrial, and RC – Resource Conservation districts in Honey Brook Township so long as they meet the requirements of the Township’s Zoning Ordinance. They must be licensed by the state and apply for a Use & Occupancy permit with the Township. Animal hospitals of veterinary offices are permitted by-right in the MUC – Mixed Use Commercial district in Honey Brook Township. The section of the Zoning ordinance that concerns Kennels is Section 27-1035.
Kennel Task Force 2017-18
Large Animal Protection Society
LAPS covers both Lancaster and Chester Counties: 610-869-9880.
Dogs and cats three months or older must have a current rabies vaccination. Owners of non-vaccinated pets may be fined up to $300 plus court costs.
Licensed veterinarians can vaccinate and provide a vaccination certificate. Click here for more information about rabies.
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
Brandywine (formerly Chester County) Society for the Protection of Animals (SPCA): 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380. Phone: 610-692-6113.
Click here to read about the Community Cat Program.
Honey Brook Township had a full-service contract with the SPCA through 2018.
Wildlife management is neither a Township nor an SPCA function. Taking exclusionary steps to deter wildlife from being attracted to your residence or neighborhood is the best solution. Consult the Pennsylvania Game Commission website for more information on nuisance wildlife or contact the local PA Game Commission Office:
253 Snyder Road
Reading, PA 19605
610-926-3136 or 610-926-3137
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Any decision to remove wildlife by means of a wildlife pest control expert is at the discretion and expense of the individual.
Last update: May 23, 2019.