Whopping $6 Dollars
Pennsylvania - Back in May, DogsBite.org reported on the 3rd world dog fines being handed out in Scottsbro, Alabama. For instance, the fine for having an unleashed dog is $50, if the offense results in an off-property attack that leaves a person with severe injury. If the same dog attacks a person a 2nd and 3rd time, the fine is increased to $100 and $200 respectively.
In parts of Pennsylvania, including Bellevue, Avalon and Ben Avon, officers with the state Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement will be canvassing the areas looking for dog law violations. Pennsylvania law requires that all dogs 3 months and older be licensed each year. The cost is $6 for dogs that are spayed or neutered, or $8 for those that are unaltered.
It's a third world price, yet approximately only 25% of pet owners pay.
It's hard to imagine that this stunningly low price -- with a low ratio of people paying it -- could financially support the many animal shelters that these fees are designed to support. Furthermore, the cost differentiation between being unaltered or not is hardly an incentive to spay or neuter your dog. The primary message of all animal care groups is to alter your pet.
As authorities canvas, officers will also be checking for proof of rabies shots. State law requires the vaccination for dogs or cats three months and older. The approximate cost is $16. A commenter wrote (below) that the vaccination is boostered after one year, then typically every three years after. Failure to show proof of pet license or rabies vaccination can cost up to $300. That's more like it!