Tuscarawas County, Ohio - The county auditor is reminding local pet owners to purchase their 2019 dog licenses before the price doubles on February 1st.

Tuscarawas County Auditor Larry Lindberg says people can purchase a 2019 dog license from their office for $16 through the end of this month, or they can visit any of the 17 authorized agents throughout Tuscarawas County to purchase a license for an additional 75-cent convenience fee. 

“There’s a complete list both on the dog license application that was mailed to everyone and as well on our website, but we’ve got agents in most of those towns so you don’t have to go too far to find a tag,” he says. 

Lindberg says people can also purchase their tags online through the auditor’s website for an additional convenience fee of $2.25.

“You can purchase your tag online. There’s a slight convenience fee that’s associated with it but you can do it from the convenience of your home, and we’ll mail the tags to you,” he says.

Lindberg says a license is a lost dog’s ticket to get back home.     

“It helps your dog get home in the event that the dog gets loose, gets out or just becomes lost,” he says. “The license numbers we also have available through the online site where anybody that finds your dog can punch in the license number and it will tell them who the owner was and how to contact them.”

Lindberg says licenses are required for all dogs three months of age and older, and he says owners can also be cited for not having their dogs properly licensed.  

“It is the law. Everybody that has a dog, regardless of whether you ever let it out of your house or it never leaves your property, you’re still required to have a license for your dog, and it gets a little expensive in the event that you are cited by police or the dog warden for not having a license,” he says.

Lindberg says people also have the option to purchase a 3-year or permanent license. Those licenses can be purchased online, by mail, or in person at the Tuscarawas County Auditor’s Office. The office is located inside the Courthouse Annex at 125 East High Ave. in New Philadelphia. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm and can also be reached by calling 330-365-3220.