General Information
Registering for a Dog License
Kennel License
Locations to Obtain License
Change of Address
Lost and Found Dogs
Nuisance, Dangerous or Vicious Dog
Doggie Treats


Twelve Dogs of Christmas - Leading up to Christmas, the Auditor's Office will be highlighting 12 dogs available for adoption. Please check out these twelve dogs, they are currently available for adoption at the Allen County Dog Warden's Office. These dogs are ready for adoption and would enjoy a new home for Christmas!

**Due to changes in the State Budget, dog tag registration will change. Beginning December 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014, dogs can be registered for annual, 3 year and permanent registration.**

General Information

A dog license is required by law. On the occasion that a dog becomes lost, dog tags are a useful tool in reconnecting the dog to its rightful owner. Any dog that is over three (3) months of age is required to have a license. According to Ohio Revised Code, dog wardens shall seize and impound all dogs over three months old found not wearing valid registration tags. If the owner does not claim the lost dog, within 14 days, the dog shall be sold or destroyed. Therefore, it is imperative that dog owners maintain current tags for their dog(s).  

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Registering for a Dog License

Dog licenses may be purchased on an annual, three (3) year, or pemanent basis. A dog license must be obtained for any dog over three (3) months of age. For the forthcoming year, a dog owner can file for a dog license(s) beginning on December 1 through January 31. This allows a timeframe of 60 days for the dog license to be secured. If the dog license is not secured on or before January 31 a penalty will be assessed. The penalty must be paid at the time of registration. 

Dog license fees beginning December 1:

Annual dog registration: $22.00 per tag
Three (3) Year
dog registration: $66.00 per tag
Permanent
dog registration: $220.00 per tag

If a dog license is not secured by January 31 the fee is $44.00 per tag which includes the penalty. 

Please note that if the dog license is not obtained by January 31, only an annual dog registration can be obtained. Three (3) year and permanent dog registrations will only be available Dec. 1 - Jan. 31. 

If a dog owner obtains a new dog within the year, the dog owner has 30 days to file for a dog license. Only the annual registration will be available for new dog registration outside of the Dec. 1 - Jan. 31 timeframe.   

If the registration tag is lost, a duplicate can be received at the Auditor's Office for a $5.00 fee. Please note that the State of Ohio determines the fee for the duplicate.

Please note that only annual dog tags are transferable. Three (3) year and permanent dog tags are non-transferable.

Please note that $0.10 per dog tag goes to the Ohio State University Veterinary services for research.

Access the Dog License Registration form. 

Access the Online Dog Licensing site.



Registering Puppies
According to the law, a dog owner must obtain a license for a dog which becomes three months of age after January 1 and before July 1. The dog owner has 30 days to file for a dog license for dogs that are within this criteria. The dog license will be a full year's fee. If the dog becomes three months after July 1, the fee is one-half a full year's fee. If the dog owner does not file for a dog license within 30 days of the dog becoming three months age, a penalty will be assessed. The penalty must be paid at the time of registration. 



Registering Dogs from Outside of Ohio
Within 30 days, a dog owner must file for a dog license(s) for all dogs brought into the State of Ohio. Even if a dog was registered in another state, that dog is required to obtain a license through the County Auditor in which county the dog resides. If the dog is brought into the state before July 1, the fee is a full year. If the dog is brought into the state on or after July 1, the fee is one-half a full year's fee.



Registering Service Dogs
A dog owner can register a dog as a service dog provided the dog meets specific criteria. A copy of the letter from the trainer and a copy of the Certificate are required to register the dog as a service dog as well. There is no cost associated with registering a dog as a service dog.

Access the Service Dog Registration.



Transferring a Dog License
A dog license is able to be transferred to a new owner. For example, if Person A purchased a dog license for the year, but then sells the dog to Person B. Person A can transfer the dog license to Person B instead of Person B purchasing a new dog license. Person A (the transferor) has to fill out the Transfer of Ownership Certificate, including the name and address of Person B (the transferee). There is a $5.00 charge to transfer the license. Please note that the State of Ohio determines the fee for transferring a dog license.

Access the Transfer of Ownership Certificate.

If a dog is deemed to be a dangerous dog, an additional form must be completed for the transfer of ownership.  Access the additional Transfer of Ownership Certificate form.

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Kennel License

According to the law, a kennel owner is a person, partnership, firm, company or corporation that professionally engages in the business of breeding dogs for hunting or for sale. Beginning Dec 1, the cost of a kennel license is $110.00 for the first five (5) tags and $1.00 for each additional tag. The kennel license is sold if there are five or more dogs that fit into the criteria of being bred for hunting or for sale. The fee if purchased after the deadline is $220.00 for the first five (5) tags, which includes the penalty.

Access the Kennel License Registration

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Locations to Obtain Licenses

An annual dog license can be obtained from the Auditor's Office directly as well as at the Allen County Dog Warden year round. 

The three (3) year and permanent license can only be obtained from the Auditor's Office.

Please note that the Auditor's Office and the Dog Warden locations only accept cash and check for payment.

A dog owner may also use the online site to obtain an annual dog license. The online site does not offer the three (3) year or permanent license. The online site does accept debit and credit cards.

A duplicate tag can only be obtained from the Auditor's Office.

Registering a service dog and obtaining a kennel license must be completed at the Auditor's Office as well.

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Change of Address

If there is a change of address within the county, please call the Auditor's Office to update the address and telephone number. It is important to update the Auditor's Office with this information. If a dog becomes lost, the Auditor's Office will have the correct contact information so that the dog is able to be quickly returned to its owner.

If the change of address is outside of Allen County, please contact the Auditor of that county to obtain licensing information.

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Lost and Found Dogs

If your dog is lost there are several entities that you can contact to hopefully locate your dog:
Allen County Dog Warden 
Humane Society of Allen County
PET FBI
Petfinder

If you have found a lost dog with a tag, you may be able to locate the dog's owner online.

If you have found a lost dog there are several entities that you can contact to hopefully locate the dog's owner.
Allen County Dog Warden
Allen County Auditor's Office
Humane Society of Allen County
PET FBI
Petfinder

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Nuisance, Dangerous or Vicious Dog

The State of Ohio has passed a new law classifying nuisance, dangerous and vicious dogs. This new law is effective May 22, 2012. If your dog has been designated by the dog warden as a dangerous dog, it is the responsibility of the dog owner to obtain a dangerous dog tag from the Auditor's Office.

Read additional information regarding the designation of a nuisance, dangerous and vicious dog

If your dog has been designated as a dangerous or vicious dog, review additional information regarding compliance requirements.

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Doggie Treats

Every dog loves to receive a treat. Check out the Doggie Treat page to find out how you can give a dog a treat.

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     The Dogs Of the Auditor's Office... 

       
 Bruce  Norman  Sparky  Fred and Alex
       
 Lulu  Dexter  Mcgee  Charlie

Our Dogs have Tags...Do your Dogs have Tags?