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Notice to Wood County Dog Owners

Michael Sibbersen, Wood County Auditor announces that beginning December 1, applications for 2016 dog registrations may be filed.


Ohio law provides that before January 31 of each year all owners of dogs three months of age or older shall be registered in the county in which the dog is kept. The information necessary for registration is age, sex, color, length of hair, breed of the dog and the name, address and phone number of the owner. A registration fee of $14.00 must be paid with the application for each dog registered in order to be in compliance with section 955.01 of the O.R.C. As a convenience the Auditor’s Office mails renewal registration forms to owners of record. Owners who registered in 2015 through the internet will receive a reminder e-mail.


**RECENT CHANGE** Dogs may be registered for a 1 year or 3 year term or a permanent license (for the dog’s life). When completing the application, choose your “Term”(1 Year, 3 Year or Permanent). The 3 Year and Permanent License may only be purchased by mail or in person at the Wood County Auditor’s Office. Fees are: 1 Year License =$14.00, 3 Year License =$42.00 and Permanent License =$140.00. No Refunds Permitted


Every owner of a kennel of dogs is also required to register annually with the County Auditor by January 31 and must pay an application fee of $70.00. Ohio law provides that the penalty after January 31 is the amount equal to the registration fee for each type of license therefore the penalty would be $14.00 for regular licenses and $70.00 for kennel licenses in addition to the regular registration fee.


Persons acquiring dogs after January 31 have 30 days after the date of acquisition or the date that the dog reaches three months of age to register with the Auditor’s Office.


The 2016 dog registration may be filed by mail, in person, or on the internet. When mailing the application please include the license fee, dog information (as stated above) and a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of the license. The license deadline will be extended until February 1, this year due to the deadline falling on Sunday. Licenses can be purchased in person at the Wood County Auditor’s Office, 2nd floor of the county office building between 8:30 and 4:30 Monday thru Friday or at the Wood County Dog Shelter. Internet applications can be made at http://dogtags.co.wood.oh.us/ and does require an additional $2.00 processing fee per license which goes to the online firm processing the credit card purchase. Please do not send cash with your mail-in application. If you have questions regarding a dog license please contact 419-354-9150.


The Wood County District Board of Health has adopted a regulation requiring all dogs be immunized against rabies. Please provide the rabies information in the application process.


Mail applications to:

Michael Sibbersen

Wood County Auditor

One Courthouse Square

PO Box 368

Bowling Green, OH 43402

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