FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2020 CONTACT: Ralph T. Meacham, CPA (330) 740-2010
2021 Dog Licenses On Sale
Auditor Meacham Partnering with Dog Warden
Mahoning County - Auditor Meacham is announcing that 2021 dog licenses can be renewed through February 28, 2021.
Dog license season is December 1 through February 28 and licenses can be renewed during this time each year. Licenses renewed during this time are $20. Licenses renewed after the February 28 deadline double in price ($40) as there is a $20 penalty assessed per license. Current dog owners will receive a renewal dog license application as a courtesy in the mail this month, however it is the dog owner’s responsibility to purchase a license each year even if they have not received a renewal notice. Dogs acquired after February 28 must be licensed immediately to avoid penalties. Three-year dog licenses are also available for $60 and lifetime licenses can be purchased for $200.
Due to current Covid guidelines and restrictions, the Auditor and Dog Warden are strongly encouraging dog owners to renew their dog licenses online through the Auditor’s and Dog Warden’s web pages at www.mahoningcountyoh.gov or through the mail to the Auditor’s and Dog Warden’s offices.
If a dog owner must renew their dog licenses in person, they should call any of the locations on page two to confirm that they are open for face-to-face business.
The online dog license sales function has been updated and improved from previous years. Dog owners will find it to be efficient and user-friendly. A fee of 2.4% of the transaction ($1.49 minimum) is charged when purchasing your license online. If someone finds a dog that is wearing a current Mahoning County dog license, they can obtain the owner phone number and first name through the Locate an Owner search function using the dog license number.
The County Auditor and the County Dog Warden share many responsibilities in the licensing process and are working together to serve county dog owners.
To ensure all dogs are registered pursuant to the requirements in the Ohio Revised Code, the Dog Warden’s Office will be canvassing neighborhoods throughout the County beginning April 15, 2021. “Be sure to register your dog by February 28, 2021 to avoid a penalty, and to assist us in their safe return if your dog becomes lost. Also, please have your license information and proof of a current rabies vaccination readily available if we come to your home,” states Dianne L. Fry, Mahoning County Dog Warden.
If a resident receives a notice for a dog that has passed away or they no longer own, they should notify the Auditor’s Office through their website or by phone.
Auditor Meacham and Dog Warden Fry encourage dog owners to call either of their offices with questions or concerns. The Dog Warden can be reached at 330-740-2205.