Dog tags go on sale in county

SIDNEY — Shelby County dog tags for 2022 went on sale Dec. 1, 2021, according to Amy Berning, County Auditor. It is the law in Ohio that all dogs be tagged.

Three-year and permanent tags are available for dog(s) in addition to the traditional one-year tag.

The registration fee for the 2022 tag is $18 for a one-year tag, the three-year tag is $54 and the permanent tag is $180.

All dogs who have reached 3 months of age must be registered with the county. Owners have 30 days after acquiring a dog to get a tag. Proceeds from the tag sales are used exclusively to fund the Shelby County Animal Shelter. The Animal Shelter is now located at 610 Gearhart Road, Sidney.

The last day to purchase tags is Jan. 31. If a tag is purchased late (after Jan. 31, 2022) the price increases by an additional $18.

The one-year and three-year tag can be purchased at the Shelby County Animal Shelter, the Auditor’s Office, or online through the auditor’s website. The permanent tag can be purchased at the Auditor’s Office and online. Owners should be aware that tags are not refundable in the event of the death of the dog or the dog runs away.

To purchase tags online go to (Choose “Licenses and Tags” from the menu.) Tags purchased online will be mailed to you. A small processing and postage fee will be charged when using this payment method.

For your convenience, one-year tags can also be purchased at any of the 13 agent sites throughout Shelby County at a cost of $18.75, through Jan. 31 only. The auditor’s website lists addresses and hours of agents.

Agent sites where the dog licenses can be purchased includes Ace Hardware, 320 N. Main Ave., Sidney; Anna Market, 315 W. Main St., Anna; Farmers Elevator, 3837 State Route 66, Houston; Flinn Veterinary Clinic, 2240 Wapakoneta Ave., Sidney; Fort Loramie Trading Post, 120 S. Main, Fort Loramie; Lochard Inc., 903 Wapakoneta Ave., Sidney; Meyers Garage & Drive Thru, 6377 State Route 66, Fort Loramie (Newport); Pasco Grocery, 5881 State Route 29, Sidney; Napa Auto Parts, 211 E. Pike St., Jackson Center; Tri-County Veterinary Service, 3714 W. State Route 47, Sidney; Tri-County Veterinary Service,16200 County Road 25A, Anna; Trojan’s Den Pizza, 107 S. Main St., Botkins; 4-Paws Grooming Salon,428 N. Main Ave., Sidney.

The fee for a kennel license is $90. If purchased late (after Jan. 31, 2022), the fee will increase to $180. A kennel license can only be purchased from the dog warden at the Shelby County Animal Shelter, 610 Gearhart Road, Sidney, 937-498-7201.

Dog tags may also be ordered by mail. To use this option, the dog owner should mail the appropriate fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Shelby County Auditor, 129 E. Court St., Sidney, OH 45365. The owner’s name, address, phone number, and a description of the dog (age, color, and breed) must be provided.

For in-person purchases, tags are always available without a handling fee during regular hours of operation at the Auditor’s Office and the Animal Shelter.