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On the last two Saturdays of January the Auglaize County dog warden is hosting last chance dog tag sale events.
The first is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wapakoneta Police Department, and the second is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at Dogs-R-Us Styling Boutique and Barkery, in St. Marys.
State law requires that all dogs, 3-months-old and older, have a dog tag from the county where they reside.
“We’re trying to offer people a chance to get their dog tags before prices go up,” Auglaize County Dog Warden Russ Bailey said.
He said beginning in February, Auglaize County dog owners will need to pay $40 instead of $20 for annual dog tags renewed or purchased in 2012.
“We’re trying to do everything we can to make it accessible,” Bailey said of ways people can purchase the dog tags.
In addition to the Saturday sales, dog tags can be purchased through the Auglaize County website at auglaizecounty.org or at the Auglaize County Auditor’s Office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In addition to late fees, which may be encumbered if dog tags are not paid for by the Jan. 31 deadline, Bailey said if the dog warden picks up a dog without tags there is an additional $35 fee as well.
“It ends up costing $75 when otherwise, with tags, there would be no charge,” Bailey said.
In 2011, 6,300 dog tags were sold in Auglaize County and more dogs tags have been purchased to date compared to a similar time frame last year.
Bailey continues to adopt out dogs brought into his facility for a fee of $20 plus a voucher for a free spay and neuter program provided through grant funding from a Pets Ohio grant, which he is in the fourth year of receiving.
The grant allowed for 27 dogs to be spayed or neutered for free in 2011 with vouchers also available to county residents meeting low income guidelines.
If interested, contact the dog warden at 419-302-8303 or check out his website linked to the county web page at auglaizecounty.org. Pets available for adoption through the county office also can be seen on the dog warden’s Web site or through Petfinder.
“If they are interested in a dog, they can come out, take him for a walk, have them around their kids, whatever they would like to see,” Bailey said.