Your dog must be controlled at all times. The Ohio Revised Code specifies that all dogs must be either kept confined to your property or be under reasonable control at all times. Letting your dog out the door, for instance, is not normally considered reasonable control. It is considered reasonable if your dog is leashed or under your control as you walk him. You can be held responsible for damages which your dog causes to property or persons.
Controlling your dog is a courtesy to others and protects your dog. Imagine how your neighbor must feel when your dog runs through his garden, messes up his yard, knocks over his trash can or bites his child. If you live near farm country, imagine if you were the farmer who had just had his animals killed or injured by dogs. All of these things can and do happen in Brown County. It is the fault of no one except the irresponsible dog owner.
It's also dangerous for your dog to run at large. Dogs are no match for cars. Your dog may have fun digging in the trash and garbage but it can kill him. They could accidentally eat a sharp object or purposely eat sharp bones, both of which could puncture intestines and kill him or the irate neighbor or farmer could kill or injure them.
Firstly, licensing is a requirement of State Law. Secondly, the license attached to your dog's collar will identify you as the owner should the dog be lost. If your dog, with their license attached, is found running at large by the Brown County Warden, you will be contacted by phone to let you know that the dog has been impounded and where you can retrieve them.
With a license, your dog can be kept for up to 14 days. Without a license, your dog can be held for no more than 3 days according to Ohio State Law.
All dogs over three (3) months of age must be licensed each year by January 31st. If you bring your dog into Ohio after that date, you are required to purchase the license within 30 days.
Dog tags can always be purchased at the Brown County Auditor's Office. Other locations are available throughout the county. The following is a list of all current locations:
|Georgetown||* Brown County Auditor (800 Mt. Orab Pike, Georgetown, OH 45121)||937.378.6398|
|* Brown County Animal Shelter (100 Veterans Way, Georgetown, OH 45121)||937.378.3457|
|Mt. Orab||Orscheln Farm & Home (206 Sterling Run Blvd., Mt. Orab, OH 45154)||937.444.0087|
|Ripley||Ripley Builder Supply (116 Main St., Ripley, OH 45167)||937.392.1371|
|Sardinia||Village of Sardinia (151 Maple Ave., Sardinia, OH 45171)||937.446.3807|
* Denotes Year Round Locations
Note, tags purchased at satellite locations have a .75¢ handling fee added per Ohio Law.
During December through January you may purchase a 1-year tag for $14.00, a 3-year tag for $42.00 or a lifetime tag for $140.00. The 3 year and lifetime tags may only be purchased at the Auditor’s office or online here. After January 31st of any given year, the tag(s) will have a penalty of $14.00 added to each. The Ohio Revised Code requires this penalty be added as of February 1st of any year.
After January 31st, the fees will include a penalty unless a dog is newly acquired.
Please reach out to the Brown County. Auditor's office for further information.
Consult a veterinarian for all medical issues relating to your dog. Typically, immunizations should be performed by the time your dog is 3-4 months of age. Depending upon which vaccine your vet uses, you will need new shots every one or three years.
Any licensed veterinarian.
Rabies can be contracted by any warm-blooded animal, including humans. If left untreated, rabies is fatal. Rabies immunization helps to prevent contraction of the disease. Rabies is normally transferred through a bite or scratch. This can only occur when animals are together, so it is safer to keep your dog confined.
The law requires owners of vicious dogs to purchase $100,000 in liability insurance and it also forbids the debarking of vicious dogs even if they are not considered vicious only by breed, not deed.