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Summit county dog license sales start Dec. 1

11/29/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Dog owners may begin to purchase their 2013 Summit County dog licenses Dec. 1, according to Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise.

She added that license renewal forms are being mailed to dog owners that week.

Dog licenses cost $14. State 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, Scalise said. 

Dog licenses can be purchased through the mail or in person. To obtain a license in person, visit the Fiscal Office Services Department, 1030 E. Tallmadge Ave., or Summit County Animal Control, 250 Opportunity Parkway in Akron. There are also businesses throughout the county that offer the service. Those vendors charge an additional fee of 75 cents per license for the service. For a complete list of vendors, go to fiscalof fice.summitoh.net and choose the Dog Licensing link or call 330-630-7226 for more information.

Dog license registration forms also are available on the website. The form may be printed and mailed with payment.

In addition, payments may be made online for licenses with a credit card or electronic check. There is a fee for the service, Scalise added.

Scalise noted that if a dog has a dangerous dog designation, it must be registered per Ohio Revised Code. That registration is in addition to an owner’s annual dog registration.  

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

Scalise also reminded kennel owners that their licenses are renewable at this time. The cost is $50 per license and includes five tags.

County officials said pet licensing is one way owners can have peace of mind when a pet is lost.

“When your pet wears a current Summit County dog tag on their collar, the license can help bring your lost pet home,” Scalise said.

She added that her office has also established Kristen’s Missing Pet Network to 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.  

For additional information, go to the website or call the number above.


Kathleen Folkerth contributed to this report.

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