2014 Summit County Dog Licenses are available for purchase through Jan. 31, 2014. The cost for a single year license is $18, a three-year license is $54 and a permanent license is $180.
"It is my responsibility to protect our pets by maintaining accurate dog registration records," said Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise in a release from the county. "If your dog is ever lost or stolen, having a dog license can help them return home."
If a lost dog is brought into Summit County Animal Control wearing a license tag, staff can find the owner quickly and reunite the family and pet. If a citizen finds a lost dog in their neighborhood or on the street and it is wearing a license tag, they can go to the county website at http://fiscaloffice.summitoh.net/index.php/dog-licensing/dog-search and type in the license number of a lost dog and find its home.
"In addition, by purchasing a dog license you will contribute to the care of lost and abandoned animals," Summit County Executive Russ Pry said. "Funds generated from the sale of dog licenses are redistributed to the Summit County Animal Control Facility, which provides housing and adoption services for our displaced pets."
Dog owners may purchase licenses at the following county government office buildings: County of Summit Division of Animal Control, 250 Opportunity Parkway, Akron; County of Summit Services Department, 1030 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron.
Kennel owners must also renew their licenses during the same time period; the cost is $80 per license. Licenses for dogs providing assistance to citizens with disabilities are free of charge and valid throughout the duration of the animal's life. Proof of training must be submitted.
The Ohio Revised Code requires citizens who own, keep or harbor a dog more than three months of age to purchase a county dog license.
Dog license renewal applications will be mailed beginning Dec. 1. Citizens who fail to meet the Jan. 31, 2014 deadline will be required to pay an $18 late fee.
To apply online for a dog license, to find additional locations to purchase a license or for further information visit http://fiscaloffice.summitoh.net/index.php/dog-licensing. Citizens without access to the Internet may call: 330-630-7226.