Come December, a new state law will allow dog owners to bypass registering their pooches every year.
State officials recently approved a measure in which dog owners can still purchase tags once a year, but with options to purchase tags every three years or 10 years.
Need a dog tag?
Contact the Erie County Dog Pound:
•Visit the office at 2900 Columbus Ave. from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Previously, dog owners in Ohio could only purchase a dog tag annually. If they failed to buy the tag, they could face criminal charges. Under Erie County’s rate structure, an annual $18 dog tag would cost $54 for three years and $180 for a decade.
Erie County Dog Warden Barb Knapp said the new rate structure is likely being rolled out for those people who may forget to register their pooches each year.
But Knapp’s not a fan of the new law. “I am not in favor of the three-year or (10-year) tags,” she said. “We will lose track of dogs when people move and (we’re) not able to locate owners.”
When dogs are registered each year, it makes it easier for the dog warden’s office to track the owner’s whereabouts, as opposed to registering every three years or 10 years, Knapp said.
“It’s hard enough to get people to buy them for one year,” Knapp said. “People don’t update their info now. Why would they in three years? The (10-year) tag would make people upset if their dog died in five years. They would use it on a new dog, which isn’t allowed, or they would want a refund. It’s not a good idea.”