Dog owners can renew their licenses for 2010
Auditor Clarence Mingo has announced that Franklin County residents can renew their dog licenses from Dec. 1 through Feb. 1.
Dog owners can renew those licenses for 2010 at www.franklincountyauditor.com. About 40 percent of the more than 100,000 licenses purchased for 2009 were bought online.
"We pride ourselves on having a Web site that offers the finest in customer service," Mingo said. "Being able to offer this feature online gives dog owners an almost effortless way to maintain their pet's safety and well-being."
Dogs three months of age or older must be licensed. The fee to license a dog is $24. There is a $12 discount for dogs which are spayed or neutered, or are nine months or younger. Other exceptions may apply. All fees double after Feb. 1.
If a dog is three months or older, owners must include the most current rabies tag number on the application to avoid delays.
About 10,000 dogs each year are brought to the Franklin County Dog Shelter. Approximately 90 percent of those strays do not have any sort of identification and are forced to stay at the shelter until claimed.
"This is a preventable mistake that is correctable with an easy solution," Mingo said. "By giving your dog a license, you guarantee that authorities are able to return your dog right away."
Dog licenses are also available at The Franklin County Auditor's Office, 373 S. High Street, 21st Floor. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Licenses also may be purchased at the Franklin County Animal Shelter, 1731 Alum Creek Drive. The Auditor's Web site has a complete list of participating companies.
For more information, visit www.franklincountyauditor.com or contact the dog license section at (614) 462-3260.