It’s time to buy your dogs 2018 dog license!

Dog owners can purchase tags now through Jan. 31, 2018, with no penalty.

Annual licenses cost $16 each; three year licenses can be purchased for $48, and permanent licenses for $160. Kennel licenses can be purchased for $80, which includes five tags, with $1 for each additional tag. Licenses bought after Jan. 31 are charged a $16 late fee.

Under Ohio law, dogs must be licensed each year. “If a lost dog has its tag, it’s easy to find the owner,” said David Uible, President of the Clermont County Commissioners.  “But if it does not have a license, it makes it very hard for the county animal shelter to find the owner. And frankly, that’s not fair to the dog.”

If a dog is untagged, the animal shelter will keep it for 72 hours; the dog is then made available for adoption, fostering or rescue. As of August 2017, Clermont to the Rescue Humane Society, which operates the county animal shelter, reported that 249 strays came into the shelter.

In 2017, Clermont County licensed 17,452 dogs and 20 kennels. It collected approximately $315,000 in license fees, which go to support the county’s animal shelter.

Dog owners can buy their licenses at the Auditor’s Office, Clermont County Administration Building, 101 E. Main St., Batavia, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

You can also purchase them at other locations around the county. To see the list of locations, click here-