The state is holding a poster contest to help raise awareness about the importance of dog licensing.
The contest is open to all students enrolled in public, private or home schools. Students involved with a sponsoring 4-H club or scouting organization may also participate. The deadline to enter is April 30.
The posters must reflect the theme “License your dog. It’s his ticket home.” Posters must also include the website www.licenseyourdogPA.com.
Pennsylvania state law requires all dogs 3 months and older to be licensed each year. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. Just as important, a lost dog is much more likely to be returned to his owner if he has a collar with an ID and a license.
The grand prize winner will receive a $20 cash prize and a visit by the Secretary of Agriculture and a dog warden during an official poster unveiling at their school. Grand prize artwork will be used on promotional displays and websites and will be the cover page of the 2014 Dog Law Enforcement Office Coloring Book. Winners of each age division (first and second grade, third and fourth grade, fifth and sixth grade) will receive a $15 cash prize and their artwork will appear in the office’s coloring book.
For complete contest details, visit www.licenseyourdogPA.com and click “2013 Poster Contest” or call the Dog Law Enforcement Office at (717) 787-3062.