Frequently Asked Questions
Why license your dog?
If your animal is missing, the dog
warden can quickly notify you that your pet has been found.
a dog is confined in a registered kennel, he must wear his license
(tag) at all
times. If he is not wearing his tag he
is subject to impounding, sale or destruction (Ohio Revised Code 955.10)
955.12 of the Ohio Revised Code allows the county to hold a licensed
dog for up
to 14 days after mailing a notice of its capture to the owner, before
it to be either sold or destroyed. If a
dog is unlicensed, the law allows it be either destroyed or sold after
held for only three days.
dogs (guide, leader and support animals) must also be licensed, but
is waived. Once they are registered with
the county, they are permanently licensed by receiving a special tag.
Law requires all dog owners keeping their animals “either physically
or restrained upon the premises of the owner … by a leash, tether,
fence, supervision, or secure enclosure to prevent escape, or under
control of some person, except when the dog is lawfully engaged in
accompanied by the owner … or a handler.” (Ohio
Revised Code 955.22)
your dog’s tag is lost …
provide the office of the Mercer County Auditor with proof of its loss
duplicate tag will be issued for a fee of 25¢.
to claim your dog if he’s been impounded …
need to go to the county’s local pound and pay the costs the county
for impounding and housing your dog. If
your dog was not licensed when picked up, you must also purchase a
tag before taking him home.
your dog moves to a new home …
new owner is required to record the ownership change with the County Auditor. They
must present a transfer of ownership
certificate signed by the former owner, and pay the 25¢ fee.
of Kennel Owner …
to the Ohio Revised Code, Section 955.02, a kennel owner is a “person,
partnership, firm, company, or corporation professionally engaged in
business of breeding dogs for hunting or sale.” When
a person breeds dogs avowedly as a hobby, “but
permits sales to
become such a factor that he advertises for sale” the breeding activity
dogs, that person “is professionally engaged in the business of dog
and should be registered as a kennel. The
term “kennel” means any pack or collection of dogs,
over the age of
three months, kept together for the purposes of hunting or for sale. (Ohio
Revised Code 955.04)
By the time your dog is
three to four months old, it
should be immunized against rabies and other communicable diseases. Depending on which vaccine your veterinarian
uses, you dog will need booster shots every one or three years.