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Going to court - early in the morning on Thursday, December 12, 2019. Photo credit Sgt. TJ Ross, Perry County Sheriff's Office.




It's that time of year - Dog Licenses!




When to register:

December 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020
New dogs after Jan. 31: within 30 days of ownership


Cost to register:


Dogs from Ohio

Before January 31 $16.00
After January 31 $32.00


4 Month Old Puppies

Before July 1 $16.00
On or After July 1 $8.00



Before January 31 $80.00
After January 31 $160.00


3 Year Tag



Lifetime Tag $150.00


Replacement Tags

$5.00 each



Must register each year


Additional Fees:

When buying a dog tag from a store other than the Perry County Auditor’s Office or the Perry County Dog Warden there is an additional $0.50 convenience fee charge.


Frequently Asked Questions

When should I license my dog?
All dogs over four months of age must be licensed each year between December 1 and January 31. If you bring your dog into Ohio after January 31, the Dog Warden will honor the new license from the previous place of residence until tags are due in next calendar year. If you obtain your dog after January 31, you are required to purchase the license within 30 days. Ohio Revised Code Section 955.01.

Where do I purchase a dog license?
Dog tags may be issued only by the County Auditor; however, there are several locations throughout the county where regular dog license can be purchased during the annual sale period of Dec 1 to Jan 31. After the annual sale period, regular dog tags may only be purchased from the County Auditor's Office and the Perry County Animal Control.

Why do I need to license my dog?
Licensing is a requirement of state law. However there is one other exceptionally good reason for licensing your dog. If your animal is missing, the dog warden can quickly notify you your pet has been found. That way you can quickly claim him. Section 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 allowing it to be either sold or destroyed. If a dog is unlicensed, the Law allows it to be either destroyed or sold after only 3 days. Our County Dog Warden, Kerrie Taylor, does list the dogs on PetFinder for dogs that do not have a tag.

How does it work?
Simply fill out the brief registration form and pay the annual fee per dog or kennel. Each dog receives a distinctive tag number (dog kennels receive five consecutively numbered tags). Once your dog has been assigned a license, the license number and the information about him is permanently filed in the county's records.

What about Service Dogs?
Service dogs (guide, leader and support animals) must also be licensed, but their fee is waived. Once they are registered with the county, they are permanently licensed by receiving a special tag.

What if the tag becomes lost?
Simply provide your County Auditor with proof of its loss and a duplicate tag will be issued for $5.00.

What if the dog changes owners?
The 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 $1.00 fee.


To see the list of locations that sell dogs go to the Perry County Auditor's website and click on the Dog Licenses link on the left side of the page.


Upcoming Events
Perry County Chamber of Commerce 5th Annual Groundhog Breakfast Jan 31, 2020 05:45 AM - 08:00 AM — Sheridan High School - 8725 Sheridan Dr, Thornville, OH 43076
Perry County Suicide Prevention Coalition February 2020 Meeting Feb 04, 2020 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM — Village Municipal Building - 215 South Main St, New Lexington, OH 43764
Perry County Drug Prevention Coalition February 2020 Meeting Feb 04, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Village Municipal Building - 215 South Main St, New Lexington, OH 43764
February 2020 Free Legal Clinic Feb 04, 2020 03:30 PM - 05:30 PM — Perry County Courthouse - 105 North Main Street, New Lexington, OH 43764
February 2020 Free primary care clinic in Shawnee, Ohio Feb 06, 2020 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM — Tecumseh Theater - 116 W Main St, Shawnee, OH 43782
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