Owners have a week to buy the tags before a Feb. 1 deadline, when the fee doubles and fines mount. The fee is $24 a dog, with a discount to $12 if the pet is neutered or spayed.
If you won’t license your dog to save money, do it out of love, Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo said.
About 10,000 dogs each year end up in the county kennel; 90 percent aren’t wearing tags and can’t be identified.
“By giving your dog a license,” Mingo said, “you guarantee authorities are able to return your dog right away.”
The licenses come with a bonus: “Dogs who are lost get their photos placed free on our popular Web site,” Mingo said.
The county’s animal care and control department put up billboards to remind owners it’s time to renew dog licenses. Mingo also mailed reminders before sales started Dec. 1.
Mingo said he quickly bought a tag for his family pet, named Corgi.
Remember to contact offices within your county by Feb. 1st!!