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Don't Forget to License Your Pup

If Fido runs away from home, it's likely he'll be returned because of the information on his dog tag.

Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE announced 2013 dog licenses will be available for purchase as of Dec. 1, 2012.

The 2013 license renewal forms are being mailed to dog owners beginning next week.

Dog licenses cost $14. Ohio law requires licenses to be renewed between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31 each year.

A late fee equal to the cost of the license will be charged for applications received after Jan. 31, 2013.

If your dog has a Dangerous Dog designation, it must be registered per O.R.C. This is in addition to your annual registration.

You can obtain your dog license at the Fiscal Office Services Department, 1030 E. Tallmadge Avenue, Akron, Ohio, 44310; Summit County Animal Control, 250 Opportunity Pkwy. in Akron; or any other convenient neighborhood locationthroughout Summit County.

Here are some locations in Patch towns:

Those vendors charge 75 cents per license for their service in addition to the $14 fee. 

Visit http://fiscaloffice.summitoh.net and choose the Dog Licensing link  to view more locations, or call 330-630-7226 for a listing in your area.

License registration forms are available online. Simply print the form, fill it out and mail it with your remittance. (The forms are also attached to this post in the form of a .pdf.)

You can purchase your dog/kennel license(s) online only by credit card or electronic check. Official Payments is the provider and they do charge a nominal fee for their service.

“An excellent reason for licensing your pet is in the event it becomes lost. When your pet wears a current Summit County dog tag on their collar, the license can help bring your lost pet home,” said Scalise.

Kristen’s Missing Pet Network can also help identify a lost pet. The network can be accessed through the Fiscal Office’s website and offers an open forum to post photos and descriptions of lost and found pets.

Kennel owners must renew their licenses during this same time; cost is $50 per license and includes five tags.

Service dogs must be licensed but their fee is waived when certification of the dog’s training is provided. Once they are registered with the county, they are permanently licensed by receiving special tags.

Pat December 17, 2012 at 01:01 PM
My Lab gets a new license every year for Christmas! What a better gift than more toys or collars.
Debbie S. December 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM
The title says, "Don't Forget to License Your Pet" but that's not entirely true: not pets, just dogs. Cats need no licenses, yet they roam far more freely (and do more damage) than dogs do, at least in my neighborhood. Cat owners should pay to license their pets as well!

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