(Harrisburg) -- Authorities are cracking down on illegal dog kennels across the commonwealth.
As 2012 comes to a close, PA's Dog Law Enforcement Office has taken action against 37 kennels operating without a license.
The arm of the Agriculture Departmnet checks up on the businesses, which are supposed to obtain a kennel license if they keep or transfer 26 or more dogs in a year.
Spokeswoman Samantha Krepps says people buying dogs should careful when they shop.
"When you purchase a dog, get a guarantee of good health and a health certificate," Krepps says. "The guarantee of health is part of the puppy lemon law, which applies to state-licensed kennels. The health certificate will also tell you if a vet has recently checked the dog. If the dog is more than three months old, it needs a rabies shot."
Krepps says the state is also investigating the illegal sale of dogs online.
She says since October, six kennel owners have been discovered and charged.
The department uses routine inspections and information from the public to expose illegal operations.
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