Logan County Dog License Program
Ohio Revised Code
Registration of dogs.
A)(1) Except as otherwise provided in
this section or in sections 955.011 [955.01.1], 955.012 [955.01.2], and 955.16 of the
Revised Code, every person who owns, keeps, or harbors a dog more than three months of
age, shall file, on or after the first day of the preceding December but before the
thirty-first day of January of each year, in the office of the county auditor of the
county in which the dog is kept or harbored, an application for registration for the
following year, beginning the thirty-first day of January of that year. The board of
county commissioners, by resolution, may extend the period for filing the application. The
application shall state the age, sex, color, character of hair, whether short or long, and
breed, if known, of the dog and the name and address of the owner of the dog. A
registration fee of two dollars for each dog shall accompany the application, unless a
greater fee has been established under division (A)(2) of this section or under section 955.14
of the Revised Code.
(2) A board of county
commissioners may establish a registration fee higher than the one provided for in
division (A)(1) of this section for dogs more than nine months of age that have not been
spayed or neutered, except that the higher registration fee permitted by this division
shall not apply if a person registering a dog furnishes with the application either a
certificate from a licensed veterinarian verifying that the dog should not be spayed or
neutered because of its age or medical condition or because the dog is used or intended
for use for show or breeding purposes or a certificate from the owner of the dog declaring
that the owner holds a valid hunting license issued by the division of wildlife of the
department of natural resources and that the dog is used or intended for use for hunting
purposes. If the board establishes such a fee, the application for registration shall
state whether the dog is spayed or neutered, and whether a licensed veterinarian has
certified that the dog should not be spayed or neutered or the owner has stated that the
dog is used or intended to be used for hunting purposes. The board may require a person
who is registering a spayed or neutered dog to furnish with the application a certificate
from a licensed veterinarian verifying that the dog is spayed or neutered. No person shall
furnish a certificate under this division which the person knows to be false.
(B) If the application for
registration is not filed and the registration fee paid, on or before the thirty-first day
of January of each year or, if the board of county commissioners by resolution has
extended the date to a date later than the thirty-first day of January, the date
established by the board, the auditor shall assess a penalty in an amount equal to the
registration fee upon the owner, keeper, or harborer, which must be paid with the
(C) An animal shelter that keeps or harbors a dog more than three
months of age is exempt from paying any fees imposed under division (A) or (B) of this
section if it is a nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income taxation
under subsection 501(a) and described in subsection 501(c)(3) of the "Internal
Revenue Code of 1986," 100 Stat. 285, 261.
Every owner of a kennel of dogs shall, in like
manner as provided in section 955.01
of the Revised Code, make application for the registration of such kennel, and pay to the
county auditor a registration fee of ten dollars for each such kennel, unless a greater
fee has been established under section 955.14
of the Revised Code. If such application is not filed and the fee paid, on or before the
thirty-first day of January of each year, the auditor shall assess a penalty in an amount
equal to the registration fee upon the owner of such kennel. The payment of such kennel
registration fee shall entitle the licensee to not more than five tags, to bear
consecutive numbers and to be issued in like manner and have like effect when worn by any
dog owned in good faith by such licensee as the tags provided for in section 955.08
of the Revised Code. Upon application to the county auditor, additional tags, in excess of
the five tags, may be issued upon payment of an additional fee of one dollar per tag.
Some important questions and
answers regarding the licensing of your dog:
When should I license my dog?
The annual license renewal
period is December 1 through January 31. If you have a new puppy, you must buy a license
by the time he reaches three months old. If you have just moved into Logan County or if
you just acquired a new dog, you must purchase a license within 30 days.
Where do I purchase a dog
You can purchase a license by
mail. You can also purchase a license in person at the Auditor's Office, 100 S. Madriver
Call 599-7209 for details.
Must my dog wear a license?
Why do I need to license my
First, Ohio law requires that
you license your dog. Second, a license tag attached to your dog's collar proves ownership
and is your pet's ticket home if he gets lost.
What if I forget to buy my
dog's license during the renewal period of December 1 through January 31?
Ohio law requires a late fee
($14 in Logan County). Simply pay the fee of $28 for the current year's license. There are
no provisions in the law to waive the fee.
Can I let my dog run loose if
he is licensed?
NO! It is against the law. Ohio
law specifies that all dogs must be confined to your property or under reasonable control
- such as on a leash when being walked. It is not safe to let your dog roam the
neighborhood. He can get hit by a car, become lost, damage neighbors' property, or injure
another animal or person.
What do I do if my dog gets
Call the Logan County Dog
Warden at 592-5731, or the Humane Society at 593-4277.
What do I do if I find a lost
If the dog is wearing a current
Logan County license tag, call the Auditor's office at 599-7209, the Logan County Dog
Warden at 592-5731, or the Humane Society at 593-4277. If
the dog is not wearing a current license tag, call the dog warden
What if I move?
If you move within Logan
County, please call 599-7209 with your new address and telephone number so we can keep the
information up-to-date. If you move to another county, call that county's Auditor for
A message from Auditor
Michael E. Yoder:
Dear Dog Owner,
It is up to you to keep your dog healthy, happy, and safe.
Take your dog to a
veterinarian. Protect your pet from deadly contagious diseases by simple inoculations and
regular checkups. Consider spaying and neutering to prevent the tragedy of unwanted
puppies and to protect your pet from health problems.
Give your dog regular exercise.
A daily brisk walk on a leash can prevent many behavioral problems like chewing, barking,
and digging. Help your dog burn up calories and energy in a healthy way.
Feed your dog a balanced diet
of good food and fresh water. Your dog can't just go fix a snack. You are his chef and
License your dog. Not only is
it the law, but a Logan County license automatically registers your dog for a free trip
home if he gets lost.
Remember, call 599-7209 if you
find a lost dog.