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Don’t forget your dog tags

| January 4, 2017

COSHOCTON – Coshocton County Residents who purchased dog tags in 2016 should have already received a renewal reminder, but everyone with a dog needs to register it with the county auditor’s office by Jan. 31, 2017, whether they receive a renewal or not.

Ohio R.C. 955.05 requires every person who is the owner, keeper, or harborer of a dog to register their dog with the county auditor. The registration period opened on Dec. 1, 2016, with a $12 fee per dog. (Kennel tags are $60 and must be purchased either at the county auditor’s office or at TMK in New Bedford.) If the deadline is missed, penalties double the cost of the tags.

Auditor Christine Sycks wants to make it as convenient as possible for the public to acquire their tags, working with satellite vendors, as well as an online option.

If the dog owners cannot make it into the county auditor’s office during regular office hours, (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), they can also purchase their tag at Buehler’s Foods, Coshocton’s Animal Shelter, and Woodbury Outfitters in Coshocton, and at TMK in New Bedford for an additional $.75 fee. Also, tags can be purchased online using a debit or credit card at http://www.doglicenses.us/OH/Coshocton for an additional $2 fee. In addition, tags can be requested by mail by sending the fee, dog information (age, gender, color, breed, etc.) and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Coshocton County Auditor’s Office at 349 Main St., Coshocton, OH  43812.

Sycks explains, “Not only is it the law to have all dogs registered with the county, it protects owners and their pets. We often get phone calls if a dog is found with a tag attached to their collar. When this happens, we are able to give owner information and get that puppy back home.”

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