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Deadline nearing to renew Ohio dog licenses

Dog peeking into frame
If your dog get's lost, a dog license can help reunite you to the unconditional love you always get from your pooch.

January 31, 2023 is the deadline to renew Ohio dog licenses without penalty.

Ohio state law requires all dog owners to have a license for their furry companion. If you already have a license — now is the time to renew.

Across the state, prices range from about $12 to $24, depending on the county where you live. But after January 31 — the price doubles.

Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith said a dog license actually protects your dog.

"The best reason for purchasing a dog license is if your dog gets loose or if you get separated from your dog — that dog license is their ticket home,” explained Keith. "We can look up your information and get your dog safely back home to you."

According to the auditor, the fees collected go to the county’s animal resource center.

“Any given day, they've got 75-100 dogs in kennels at the animal resource center," Keith said. "The fees help cover the cost of feeding and taking care of the dogs. Also, if any come in that may be injured or sick, they (resource center) have veterinary care. So it provides those types of services for stray animals.”

In Montgomery County, Keith said people can get licenses from several places including pet stores, farm supply stores and at the county auditor’s office. You can also renew or purchase a dog license online.

Dog license fees and renewals are also available online for residents living outside of Montgomery County.

Kathryn Mobley is an award-winning broadcast journalist, crafting stories for more than 30 years. She’s reported and produced for TV, NPR affiliate and for the web. Mobley also contributes to several area community groups. She sings tenor with World House Choir (Yellow Springs), she’s a board member of the Beavercreek Community Theatre and volunteers with two community television operations, DATV (Dayton) and MVCC (Centerville).

Email: kmobley@wyso.org
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