IT IS THE LAW!
All dogs need to be licensed by January 31st of each year!
Dog Tags On-line
for the Registration of Dog(s)
Application for the Registration of Kennel(s)
Dog Ownership Transfer Form
List of Official Agents
Emergencies & Concerns - Shelby County Animal Shelter
In addition to the legal requirement there is another very good reason to license your dog.
If your pet should accidentally stray from your care, the animal can easily be identified and returned safely to you by comparing the license number to the County’s records. Ohio Law requires the dog warden to hold a licensed dog for at least 14 days before destroying it or adopting it out. An unlicensed dog may be legally disposed of after only a 3-day holding period. For these reasons any dog not covered under a kennel license must wear the tag at all times, even if the animal is normally confined to the house.
The deadline for purchasing dog licenses without penalty is January 31st of each year. Licenses may be purchased year-round at the Shelby County Auditor's Office, 129 East Court Street, Sidney, from the Shelby County Dog Warden at 1100 Clem Rd., Sidney, Ohio, or on-line by clicking here or on the link above.
During the annual enrollment period (from December 1st of the year prior to the license year through January 31st of the license year) licenses may be purchased through official agents located throughout Shelby County. See link above to view agent locations.
License fees are $12.00 for each individual dog or $60.00 (plus $1.00 for each additional dog over five) for a kennel license. A kennel owner is defined by the Ohio Revised Code as a person engaged in the business of breeding dogs for hunting or for sale. Kennel licenses are issued ONLY by the Dog Warden at the Animal Shelter at 1100 Clem Rd., Sidney.
Note: An additional fee of 75 cents per license will be charged by non-governmental agents to defer their expenses in issuing licenses for the convenience of the public. For on-line purchases, a $2.00 per tag fee is charged by the vendor to cover credit card processing expense, as well as a 50 cent postage fee per order.
Licenses not purchased by January 31st of each year can be obtained from the County Auditor, the County Dog Warden, or on-line. These late purchases (except “new dogs” as described below) will be subject to a penalty. The penalty is an additional $12.00 per individual license, making the total fee $24.00 per single licensed dog, or an additional $60.00 ($120 total) for a kennel license.
Mail applications are encouraged. In addition to the printable application forms available on this web site, dog license application forms are published in the Sidney Daily News occasionally during the annual enrollment period. Application forms may also be obtained by calling the Auditor’s office at 937-498-7202.
The completed application must be sent with the proper fee to the Shelby County Auditor's Office, 129 East Court Street, Sidney, Ohio 45365. All mail-in applications should be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope for the Auditor to use in mailing the tags back to the dog owner. NOTE: If you no longer own a dog, please contact the Auditor’s Office at 498-7202 or the Animal Shelter at 498-7201 so we can update our records.
New Dog: If you acquire a new dog outside of the regular licensing period you must buy a license for the current year within 30 days of taking possession of the dog. Puppies must be licensed by the time they are 3 months of age. Licenses for certain puppies licensed after July 1st may be eligible for a discount for the current year. Call the Auditor’s Office for details.
Transfer: When an Ohio licensed dog is transferred from one owner to another, it is permissible to avoid a new tag fee by completing a Certificate
of Transfer Application. This form must be signed by the original owner and filed within 30 days of the change of ownership. The appropriate place of filing is at the Auditor’s Office or the Animal Shelter in the county where the new owner resides. The filing fee is $5.00.
Lost Tags: You may obtain a duplicate tag from the County Auditor for a fee of $5.00.