SIDNEY — Shelby County dog licenses for 2017 are now on sale, according to Amy Berning, county auditor.
Three-year and permanent licenses are available in addition to the traditional one-year license.
The registration fee for the one-year license is $16; the three-year license is $48; and the permanent license is $160.
All dogs who have reached 3 months of age must be licensed.
The three-year and the permanent licenses can be purchased in Shelby County only at the auditor’s office. Owners should be aware that these longer-term licenses are not refundable in the event of the death of the animal or if the dog is passed to a new owner.
The last day to purchase renewal licenses for 2017 is Jan. 31. If a license is purchased late after that date, the one-year license will cost $32 per license; the three year will be $64 per license and the permanent license will be $176 per license.
The fee for a kennel license is $80. If purchased after Jan. 31, the fee will increase to $160. The kennel license can only be purchased from the dog warden at the animal shelter, 1100 Clem Road.
As a convenience to the public, dog licenses (one-year or three-year licenses) may be purchased online at www.shelbycountyauditors.com. Online purchases require an additional fee of $2.25 per license for a one-year license or $3.75 for a three-year license. There is also an additional fee of 50 cents per order for online purchases to cover postage and mailing supplies.
Licenses 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, licenses are always available without a handling fee during regular hours of operation at the auditor’s office and the animal shelter.
As in the past, one-year licenses can be purchased at a cost of $16.75 each at any of the 14 agent sites throughout Shelby County, which are listed on the auditor’s website.