2009-01-10 / News

Dog license deadline is Jan. 31

NEWARK - Licking County Dog Warden, Jon Luzio, reminds dog owners that Saturday, January 31, is the last day to purchase your dog licenses to avoid the $10 late penalty on each license.

All dogs are required by law to be wearing a current dog license. Your lost pet is only one phone call away from getting home if it has a license.

It is also very expensive if you fail to license your dog. Local courts have recently raised the fines and court fees to $118 on a first offense. In the State of Ohio, it carries a maximum fine of $250 and 30 days in jail on the second offense!

The Licking County Animal Control Department will be continuing to conduct door-to-door license checks to ensure compliance with the license laws. Dog owners who fail to license their dogs will be issued a court citation for each unlicensed dog.

Individual tags cost $10 and commercial kennel tags cost $50 and can be purchased throughout the county. In the Beacon coverage area, licenses are available at Albanese's Food Gallery in Buckeye Lake and at the Brownsville Country Kitchen. Call the Licking County Animal Shelter at 740-349-6562 to find out how to license your pet by mail.

In Fairfield County, the same deadlines apply, but the license fees are higher. Dog licenses are $12 and must be purchase for any dog three months old or older. A kennel license is $60 and is only valid for breeding dogs for hunting or for sale.

Lake area licenses locations are:

• Millersport - Feeder Creek Veterinary Clinic;

• Baltimore - United Landmark or Ace Hardware;

• Pleasantville - Falcon's Corner Deli

Licenses are also available on line at http://dogtags.co.fairfield.oh.us. An application may be downloaded from www. co.fairfield.oh.us/auditor and then mailed to County Auditor's Office, 210 E. Main St., Lancaster, OH 43130.

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