Stray Animals & PA Dog Law

Elk Township has contracted with the Brandywine Valley SPCA for animal protection and enforcement of animal related laws and ordinances.  SPCA services include responding to requests for assistance regarding violations of animal related issues by local law enforcement officers; responding to citizen complaints regarding violations of animal related laws and ordinances; and responding to complaints of cruelty and neglect (the SPCA is the primary agency permitted by law to offer this service).

The SPCA will also pick up and transport any confined stray, and respond and address stray dog problems.  This services is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week with an APS officer always on call.  Although the contract limits services to confined strays, APS officers are available to assist local law enforcement or residents in the event of unconfined injured or vicious strays.

SPCA 610-692-6113

Chester County Dog Warden Maureen Siddons (610) 909-5666,

Please click on the following link for dog law & licensing information:   Department of Agriculture Dog Law & License Information

All dogs, three months of age or older, are required by law to be licensed. Effective December 1st, dog licenses may be purchased for the following calendar year. Dog licenses may be purchased at your local County Treasurer’s office or a participating agent. Please contact your County Treasurer for information on online licensing and agents’ locations. Lifetime dog licenses are sold only at the county treasurer’s office.

Please click on the following link for the Dog License Application