The Pa. Department of Agriculture has announced dog wardens will be canvassing the Lehighton and Franklin Township areas during the week of April 22 to check that dogs are properly licensed and vaccinated.

The department said all dogs three months old or older must be licenses by Jan. 1 of each year. The fee is $6.45 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.45 each for other dogs. Older adults and persons with disabilities may purchase a license for $4.45 for each spayed or neutered dog and $6.45 each for others.

Additionally, all dogs and non-feral cats three months of age or older must be vaccinated against rabies. Booster vaccinations must be administered periodically to maintain lifelong immunity.

The department said violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation, plus couort costs.

Licenses can be purchased through the Carbon County Treasurer's office by calling 570-325-2251 or by vitiing www.carboncouonty.com/doglicense.htm [1] or at the following locations:

Bedrock Notary, 210 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, 610-826-4931.

Carbon Notary express, 195 S. First St., Lehighton, 610-377-8075.

Halo, Inc., 107 Carbon St., Weatherly, 570-427-8257.

Jim Thorpe Pet Center, 1592 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe, 570-325-8983.

Kidder Township Municipal Building, Lake Harmony Road, Lake Harmony, 570-722-8179.

Leslie Notary Service, 364 E. Lizard Creek Road, Lehighton, 610-377-5709.

Marzen feed and Hardware, 75 Harrity Road, Lehighton, 610-377-3000.

Palmerton Borough Building, 433 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, 610-826-2505.

Panther Valley Lumber and Home Center, 99 Riley St., Lansford, 570-645-7969.