State dog wardens will be performing dog license and rabies vaccination checks in 23 counties through June.

Wardens will canvass Erie County in May, Crawford County in June and Mercer County in April.

The goal is to raise awareness about the importance of up-to-date dog licenses and rabies vaccinations.

Pennsylvania law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed by January 1 of each year. The fee is $6.50 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.50 for other dogs. Both fees are discounted $2 for older adults and persons with disabilities.

“If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to ensure that anyone who finds them knows where they live,” said Russell Redding, Agriculture Secretary.

All dogs and non-feral cats three months of age and older must also be vaccinated against rabies. They must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity.

Violates faces a fine of up to $300 for each violation plus court costs.

Dog wardens drive vehicles and wear uniforms labeled with “Pennsylvania Dog Law Enforcement Warden” in a keystone with a state seal. They wear a badge and state identification.

They will request proof of licensure and proof of rabies vaccination and leave a notice for someone who is not home or does not answer the door.