Pet owners who don’t have their dogs and cats up to date on licensing or rabies shots could pay hefty fines.

Westmoreland County Dog Warden Bruce Minick is teaming up with dog wardens in surrounding counties for the next several weeks to canvass Westmoreland County neighborhoods. The wardens go door to door and ask residents for proof their dogs are licensed. Dogs and cats must also have current rabies vaccinations.

The county Treasurer’s Office sends renewal notices in December to pet owners who previously licensed their dogs. It costs $6.45 to license a spayed or neutered dog or $8.45 to license an animal that has not been spayed or neutered. Cats do not have to be licensed.

If Minick meets with a pet owner and he or she cannot produce documents proving their pet is current, he will take down his or her information and cross-reference it with the county database to see if he can prove that particular pet is licensed. If the pet is not licensed or current on its shots, the local magistrate judge will set a fine ranging from $50-$300.

“We have a computerized list in the county. That’s with the number, we can cross-reference and find out who owned the dog, a description of the dog,” Minick said.

Keeping a catalog with descriptions and addresses of licensed animals is helpful in identifying animals involved in bites or livestock attacks, Minick said.

Pet owners in Westmoreland County cannot license their pets online. Licensing applications are available at the Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg, post offices and local magistrate courts.

Minick will be canvassing neighborhoods across the county through late summer.