August 1, 2014

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Final day to register dog before fee hike is Thursday

Thursday is the last day to register Rover and Spot before the price doubles.

That’s not the only reason to get a license: Failing to register could result in a $100 fine.

“Starting Friday, the (Medina County) Animal Shelter will search for unregistered dogs,” county Auditor Mike Kovack said.

Dog licenses cost $12. Kovack said residents can register them at 25 locations in the county, including the Medina License Bureau, the Medina County Animal Shelter, veterinary clinics, drugstores and grocery stores.

Residents also can purchase tags online at www.medinacountyauditor.org/dog_buytags.htm.

He said the fee jumps to $24 starting Friday.

Kovack said registering a dog also could save its life because a collar tag comes with the license.

“This is a pet’s ticket home if your dog gets lost,” he said. “With a tag, there’s a very high probability he’ll get home.”

Ohio residents are required by state law to register dogs after they turn 3 months old.

Kovack said the license fee helps keep the animal shelter running and $2 goes into a spay-and-neuter fund designed to cut down the number of stray animals in the county.

To view a list of available licensing locations, visit www.medinacountyauditor.org/doglic.htm.

For more information, call the auditor’s office at (330) 725-9760.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.