If your dog is the No. 1 priority in your life, you'll be pleased with the new design for Erie County's dog tags.
The new tags are in the shape of the numeral "1," said Dog Warden Barb Knapp.
Erie County's dog licenses go on sale today. To make buying them more convenient for dog owners, they'll be on sale in a record 18 locations.
The cost is $18 per tag and $90 for a kennel license.
All dogs 3 months old or older must have a license. Dog licenses must be purchased by Jan. 31, 2008.
After Jan. 31, the fee doubles, and any dog owner caught without a license could be hauled into court to pay a $100 fine plus court costs.
The law also requires the tag to be displayed on the dog. Failure to put the tag on the dog also can trigger a citation.
It's a good idea to put the tag on, anyway, because it makes it easier to return a dog who has gotten loose, Knapp said. When a dog is picked up wearing a tag and the dog warden's office knows the owner is home, the dog is returned home immediately, she said.
If the dog has a tag and loses it, a replacement costs only $1, Knapp said.
It's also a good idea to make sure the dog license is transferred if the dog is sold or given away to another owner. That ensures the dog will be returned to the right person if it gets lost.
Transferring a dog license costs only25 cents, Knapp said.
Dog tag records are kept at the sheriff's office.
The county sold 13,815 licenses in 2007.
Dog tags are available in Erie County at the following locations:
n ACE Hardware, 402 Cleveland Road East, Huron.
n BayView Center, 803 E. Bay View Drive.
n Central Erie Supply, 4320 W. Mason Road, Sandusky.
n Citizens Banking Co., 24 E. Main St., Berlin Heights.
n Citizens Banking Co., 208 S. Washington St., Castalia.
n Companion Care, 2405 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky.
n Critter Croft Pet Clinic, 2502 Ohio 113, Milan.
n Erie County Auditor's office,247 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.
n Erie County Dog Pound,2900 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.
n Humane Society of Erie County,1900 Superior St., Sandusky.
n Kelleys Island Market, 129 Division St., Kelleys Island.
n M & M Boarding Kennel, 5705 Campbell St., Sandusky.
n Novotny's Farm Market, 1809 Ohio 60, Vermilion.
n Pet Supplies Plus, 3820 Milan Road, Sandusky.
n Sandusky Feed, Market and Hancock streets, Sandusky.
n Sandusky License Bureau,1050 Cleveland Road, Sandusky.
n Vermilion Hardware, 678 Grand St., Vermilion.
n York Animal Hospital, 1184 W.Main St., Bellevue.