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The Allen County Dog Control Department has five major service responsibilities under the Ohio Revised Code.

1. Enforcement of Registration and Dog License Requirements.

2. Enforcement of laws dealing with Dogs Running-At-Large.

The law states that "No owner, keeper, or harborer of any dog shall fail at any time to keep it either physically confined or restrained upon the premises of the owner, keeper, or harborer by a leash, tether, adequate fence, supervision, or secure except when the dog is lawfully engaged in hunting accompanied by the owner, keeper, or harborer." (Ohio Revised Code, Section 955.22(C))

3. Enforcement of Proper Confinement Law.
Dog Wardens are responsible for enforcing the compliance requirements for dogs that have been designated as Dangerous or Vicious pursuant to Ohio Revised Code, Section 955.11.

The law states that "No owner, keeper, or harborer of a dangerous or vicious dog shall fail to do either of the following:

Dangerous Dog Compliance

4. Housing dogs in custody of the Dog Warden.

The Department began operating a Dog Control Facility at 1165 Seriff Road, Lima. All dogs in the custody of the Dog Warden are housed at this location for the holding periods defined by Ohio Revised Code. A dog with a displayed dog license is held until claimed by the owner to a maximum of 14 days. A dog without a displayed dog license is held until claimed by the owner to a maximum of 3 days.
Dogs may be claimed at the Dog Control Facility between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. See "Shelter Services" for fee details.





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Registering for a Dog License

"Every person who owns, keeps, or harbors a dog more than three months of age is required to register his or her dog between December 1 and January 31 of each year." (Ohio Revised Code Section 955.01)

In addition to registration, each dog is required to wear and display a dog tag at all times. (Ohio Revised Code, Section 955.10)

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.

    A dog purchased during the year must be licensed within 30 days from the date the dog is acquired (penalty assessed after 30 days).

    Notifications of dog license renewals are mailed prior to the registration period. The license may be renewed by mail in response to the renewal notice. They may also be purchased in person Monday through Friday at:

    The Allen County Courthouse
    , Auditor's Office Room 106, 301 North Main Street, Lima, Oh 45801 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    The County Dog Control Facility
    , 1165 Seriff Road, Lima, OH 45805 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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