Wednesday, 17 January 2018
Contact: Sarah Hegnauer
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(330) 643-8472

Akron, Ohio, January 17, 2018 – Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE reminds dog owners that the last day to purchase a 2018 Summit County dog license is Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Ohio Revised Code requires residents who own, keep or harbor a dog more than three months of age to purchase and maintain a current a dog license.

The cost for a single year license is $18.00, a three-year license is $54.00 and a permanent/lifetime license is $180.00. Owners who fail to renew their license by the deadline will be subject to a statutory late penalty of $18 per dog.

"Maintaining a current dog license helps your pet return home safely and quickly if it is ever lost or runs away," Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise said. "When a citizen finds a lost dog, they can enter its license tag number into our database to locate its home. The database can be conveniently accessed by cell phone, device or personal computer at Kristen's Kanine Search."

Kennel owners must also renew their licenses by Wednesday, January 31, 2018. 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.

License registration forms are available to download and print from the Fiscal Office’s website at Dog Licensing. Owners may submit their registration and payment by mail or in person to the Summit County Fiscal Office, Services Department, 1030 E. Tallmadge Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44310.

We continue to offer online registration for dog and kennel licensing. You may purchase your dog or kennel license online by credit card or electronic check. Online purchases are subject to a nominal service fee through the service provider, Official Payments.

Single year dog licenses may be purchased in person at the following neighborhood locations. Please note that nongovernmental vendors charge a 75 cents per license processing fee.

Purchasing a current dog license benefits your pet and our community. Funds generated from the sale of dog licenses are redistributed to the Summit County Division of Animal Control to supply food, shelter and vaccinations to abandoned animals.

To learn more about dog licensing, please visit Dog Licensing or call 330-630-7226.