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To request immediate service, To report vicious or dangerous dogs running at large, Please call the Allen County Sheriff at
(419) 227-3535

To leave a non-urgent voice mail message for a dog control officer, please call
(419) 228-3700
Ext. 8528

1165 Seriff Rd.
Lima, Ohio 45805

 

 

Services

The Allen County Dog Control Department has five major service responsibilities under the Ohio Revised Code.

1. Enforcement of Registration and Dog License Requirements.

"Every person who owns, keeps, or harbors a dog more than three months of age is required to register his or her dog between December 1 and January 31 of each year." (Ohio Revised Code Section 955.01)

In addition to registration, each dog is required to wear and display a dog tag at all times. (Ohio Revised Code, Section 955.10)

A dog license in Allen County costs $16.00 if purchased between December 1 and January 31. Owners, keepers, harborers who fail to purchase a license during this registration period, must pay a penalty of $16.00 in addition to the license fee.

A dog purchased during the year must be licensed within 30 days from the date the dog is acquired.

Notifications of dog license renewals are mailed prior to the registration period. The license may be renewed by mail in response to the renewal notice. They may also be purchased in person Monday through Friday at:

The Allen County Courthouse
, Auditor's Office Room 106, 301 North Main Street, Lima, Oh 45801 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The County Dog Control Facility
, 1165 Seriff Road, Lima, OH 45805 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

2. Enforcement of laws dealing with Dogs Running-At-Large.
The law states that "No owner, keeper, or harborer of any dog shall fail at any time to keep it either physically confined or restrained upon the premises of the owner, keeper, or harborer by a leash, tether, adequate fence, supervision, or secure except when the dog is lawfully engaged in hunting accompanied by the owner, keeper, or harborer." (Ohio Revised Code, Section 955.22(C))

3. Enforcement of Proper Confinement Law.

The law states that "No owner, keeper, or harborer of a dangerous or vicious dog shall fail to do either of the following:
  1. While that dog is on the premises of the owner, keeper, or harborer, securely confine it at all times in a locked pen which has a top, except that a dangerous dog may, in the alternative, be tied with a leash or tether so that the dog is adequately restrained;
  2. While that dog is off the premises of the owner, keeper, or harborer, keep it on a chain-link leash or tether that is not more than six feet in length and additionally do at least one of the following: (a) keep that dog in a locked pen which has a top, locked fenced yard, or other locked enclosure which has a top; (b) have the leash or tether controlled by a person who is of suitable age and discretion or securely attach, tie, or affix the leash or tether to the ground or a stationary object or fixture so that the dog is adequately restrained and station such a person in close proximity to that dog so as to prevent it from causing injury to any person; (c) muzzle the dog." (Ohio Revised Code Section 955.22(D))
    The law also requires that any owner of a vicious dog purchase liability insurance no less than $100,000 because of damage or bodily injury to or death of a person caused by the vicious dog. (Ohio Revised Code Section 955.22(E))

4. Processing of Animal Claims.
The law also allows owners of domestic livestock to file claims with the Dog Warden for damages caused by dogs running at large. (Ohio Revised Code Section 955.29)

5. Housing dogs in custody of the Dog Warden.

The Department began operating a Dog Control Facility at 1165 Seriff Road, Lima. All dogs in the custody of the Dog Warden are housed at this location for the holding periods defined by Ohio Revised Code. A dog with a displayed dog license is held until claimed by the owner to a maximum of 14 days. A dog without a displayed dog license is held until claimed by the owner to a maximum of 3 days.
Dogs may be claimed at the Dog Control Facility between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. See "Shelter Services" for fee details.



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