Dog licenses now available

Dog licenses now available

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Holmes County auditor Jackie McKee said a license is a lost dog’s ticket home. It is the law, and dogs are required to wear their current license.

The annual dog registration, required by the State of Ohio, began Dec. 1 and runs through the end of January. It is a service designed to benefit the animal, its owner and the community. The license tag has an assigned identification number that identifies the owner, should the dog become lost or separated.

Ohio law (955.01 ORC) maintains all dogs more than 3 months of age must be licensed each year no later than Jan. 31. The fee is $17 per dog. After the Jan. 31 deadline, the fee is $34 per dog. You must be 18 or older to apply for a dog license.

If you have not licensed your dog in the past, there is no penalty to license your pet for the new year.

Many options for purchasing 2023 dog licenses are available. Licenses can purchased online. For additional information visit the dog license website at

Licenses may be purchased at the auditor’s office, 75 E. Clinton St., Millersburg, or at the Holmes County Dog Warden’s Department, 5387 County Road 349, Millersburg. Both of these locations can accept debit/credit card payments. Bring your license form when purchasing your new tag.

Multi-year dog tags are available in addition to the annual tag option. Three-year and lifetime dog tags are available for purchase at the Holmes County Auditor’s Office only.

A kennel license is available at a fee of $85 for owners engaged in the business of breeding dogs for sale. A tag must be purchased for each dog in a kennel that is over the age of 3 months. The kennel license will be sold with five tags; additional tags will be $1 per tag. A kennel license can only be purchased at the auditor’s office or at the dog warden’s department. Large-volume breeders must purchase a license through the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the tags through the auditor’s office.

“When you consider how much pet owners invest to keep their pets healthy, happy and safe, the license fee is a small price to pay for another year’s peace of mind,” McKee said.

All license revenue goes toward the operation of the Holmes County Dog Warden’s Department & Adoption Center. The department is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There are many satellite locations throughout the county that will sell 2023 licenses. Bring your license form with you when purchasing your new tag.

Dog agents for 2023 tag sales in Holmes County are as follows:

—Holmes County Auditor’s Office in Millersburg.

—Holmes County Dog Warden’s Department in Millersburg.

—Becks Mills General Store in Becks Mills.

—Kauffman Country Market in Holmesville.

—Farmerstown General Store in Farmerstown.

—Garver’s Service Station Inc. in Killbuck.

—Buckeye Deli in Nashville.

—Mt. Hope Hardware in Mt. Hope.

—Orme Hardware of Berlin in Berlin.

—E & H Hardware in Millersburg.

—Wolfcreek Veterinary Clinic in Millersburg.

—Keim Lumber in Charm.

—Whitmer’s Store in Winesburg.

—East Holmes Vet Clinic in Berlin.

The above agents may collect an administrative fee of 75 cents per dog in addition to the license fee.