Public Health & Safety

Posted on: March 31, 2017

Protect Yourself and Your Pet

With warmer weather expected soon, we will be outdoors more often with our dogs and other pets. To prevent an incident that may cause harm to your pet or to someone else, the Borough would like to remind the public of the state and local dog laws.

With warmer weather expected soon, we will be outdoors more often with our dogs and other pets. To prevent an incident that may cause harm to your pet or to someone else, the State College Borough Division of Health and Neighborhood Services and the State College Police Department would like to remind the public of the state and local dog laws.

State Dog Laws

  • Dogs 3 months of age and older must have a current rabies vaccine and be licensed annually (Dog licenses can be obtained at the State College Borough Finance Office or at the Treasurer’s Office in Bellefonte).
  • Dogs must be kept under reasonable control of a person when engaged outdoors.
  • Dogs not under direct supervision must be secured to the property by tether or chain so that it cannot stray from the property.

College Township Dog Ordinances

  • Dogs are not permitted to bark consecutively for fifteen minutes or more and be audible on any adjacent property or public right of way.
  • Person(s) walking a dog must clean up their dog’s feces immediately from any public or other person’s private property. Dog feces on the owner’s property should not accumulate to a degree that it becomes a public nuisance or health hazard.

State College Borough Dog Ordinances

  • Dogs are required to be on a leash no longer than six feet in length when being walked off the owner’s property.
  • Person(s) walking a dog must clean up their dog’s feces immediately from any public or other person’s private property. Dog feces on the owner’s property should not accumulate to a degree that it becomes a public nuisance or health hazard.
  • Generally, dogs are not permitted in State College Borough parks except for Lederer Park, Thompson Woods Nature Preserve and Walnut Spring Park where they must be on a leash and the owner must clean up dog feces immediately.
  • Dogs are not permitted to bark continuously or repetitively for longer than ten minutes in any one hour period.

The dog laws and ordinances are in effect year-round. They are written to keep your pet and the public safe. Keeping your dog on a leash and under control goes a long way in ensuring public safety. Following state laws and local ordinances will create a safe, clean and tranquil environment for our community.

For more information on PA Dog Law or local ordinances, please contact the State College Borough Division of Health and Neighborhood Services at 814-234-7191 or the State College Police Department at 814-234-7150. Local ordinances may also be reviewed by going online to your respective government website: 

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