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Auditor announces change to Wayne County dog licensing program
COUNTY, OHIO, November
23, 2022 — Wayne County Auditor, Jarra
Underwood, has partnered with online dog licensing platform Docupet to increase
efficiency and make reuniting dogs and their owners more of a streamlined
process. Dog license sales begin Dec. 1, 2022, and end on Jan. 31, 2023.
“If your family pet becomes lost, a license is its bus ticket home,” Underwood said. “Our partnership with Docupet provides Wayne County pet owners access to HomeSafe to quickly file a lost pet report. This resource is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week so that loving families and their pets can be brought back together quickly.”
According to Underwood, the process of obtaining a dog license will be different than in past years.
Owners will no longer receive yearly renewals from the Wayne County Auditor’s office, she said. Docupet will issue all reminders directly by mail, or by email, if the owner has an email address on file with the Auditor.
All tags will be fulfilled by mail. The Auditor will no longer provide tags at the time of purchase. Docupet will process orders and send the tags by mail within 7-10 business days.
New tags purchased for 2023 from Docupet will remain with the dog for the life of the dog and will not be replaced yearly as it was previously. If the dog holds an annual license, the yearly fee of $16 will still be collected during the renewal period. If a tag is lost, a replacement tag can be issued for $5.
Satellite offices will no longer be offering tag fulfillment. Tags must be purchased at the Auditor’s office, The Wayne County Dog Shelter, or directly through Docupet online at waynecounty.docupet.com.
Ohio law requires all dogs over three months and owned for more than 30 days to be licensed. Dogs apprehended by the Dog Warden that have a tag can be kept up to 14 days, while dogs without cannot be held longer than three days.
Prices for licenses:
Annual license $16
3-year license $48
Lifetime license $160
Kennel license $80
A kennel license provides breeders with five tags, and each additional tag thereafter can be purchased for one dollar. Low volume breeders may purchase their license through the Auditor’s office while high-volume breeders must be licensed through the Ohio Department of Agriculture and purchase tags through the Auditor.
A dog license can be transferred to a new owner for five dollars, but tags cannot be transferred to another dog.
Dogs deemed dangerous by the Wayne County Dog Warden cost $50 annually in addition to the licensing fee of $16.
Tags purchased after Jan. 31, 2023, will include a $16 penalty per tag.
Wayne County honors unexpired license from another county within the State of Ohio. If an owner and their dog relocate from another state, they must purchase a license upon arrival. A penalty will be charged equal to the licensing fee if the tag is purchased after 30 days.
All proceeds collected from dog licensing in Wayne County supports the Wayne County Dog Shelter. A portion is paid to the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Canine Research Fund.
PHOTO CREDIT: Dan Starcher
PHOTO CAPTION: “Bean” recently visited the county admin building when Wayne County Auditor Jarra Underwood announced changes to the way dog owners will license their pets beginning Dec. 1.
PHOTO CREDIT: Dan Starcher
Dan Starcher is a public communications specialist for the Wayne County government.