COLUMBUS, Ohio â€“ A reminder for dog owners: Time is running out to buy Fidoâ€™s license.
State law requires dogs over three months old to have a license on its collar at all times and the deadline to buy the license is Jan. 31, according to a release from the Franklin County Commissioners. After that, late fees apply.
The commissioners say the license is also a valuable tool to make sure your dog is quickly returned if it ever gets lost. A spokesman for the commissionersâ€™ office says over 90 percent of dogs found wearing a license make it back home to their owners.
Last year over 2,900 lost dogs were reunited with their owners by the Countyâ€™s Department of Animal Care and Control.
Licenses are available online and at various locations:
The Dog Shelter and Adoption Center, 4340 Tamarack Boulevard
The Franklin County Auditorâ€™s office in the county courthouse, 373 S. High Street, 21st Floor
The Capital Area Humane Society in Hilliard
Area Pet Supplies Plus locations.
All dogs must have a current rabies vaccination before a license can be purchased.
A one-year license is $18 for a spayed or neutered dog or $35 for an unaltered dog. A three-year license is $54 if altered or $105 unaltered. Permanent licenses are $180 and $350 unaltered.