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Lake County, Ohio - Auditor

The Law and Your Dog

    Lake County, Ohio Auditor - The Law and Your Dog

    Dear Dog Owner:

    Just like you, I own a dog. Kelly has been a part of our family for many years and she is very important to all of us.

    This Web Page presents important information to you about safe guarding and protecting your family's pet. Licensing your dog is a part of our State and is required. In addition, it serves as a protection for you and for your pet should your pet ever stray. It serves as a key to reunification of you and your animal in the event you become separated for any reason.

    This Web Page also presents some important information about controlling your dog and immunizing the pet as well.

    I hope you find this information helpful and worthwhile. Should you have any questions about dog licensing, please do not hesitate to call (350-2534) or1-800-899-LAKE Ext. 2534 or send E-Mail or visit us personally at the County Administration Building (105 Main Street, Painesville, Ohio 44077).


    Edward H. Zupancic

    Edward H. Zupancic
    Lake County Auditor

    Licensing Your Dog


    All dogs over three months of age must be licensed each year before the 31st of January. If you bring your dog into Ohio after that date, you are required to purchase the license immediately.


    Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings, at the office of the Lake County Dog Warden located at 2600 North Ridge Rd., Painesville. You may also purchase them at many other locations through the county until January 31st of each year.
    You can also go to a page to print the dog license application.


    First, licensing is a requirement of state. Second, the license attached to your dog's collar, will identify you as the owner should the dog be lost. If your dog, with his license attached, is found running at large by the Lake County Dog Warden, you will be contacted by phone to let you know that the dog has been impounded and where you can retrieve him.

    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 three days according to State Law.

    Controlling Your Dog


    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. Your dog that is leashed or under your control as you walk him is considered reasonable. You can be held responsible for damages which your dog causes to property or persons.


    As a courtesy to others and to protect your dog. Imagine how your neighbor must feel when your dog runs through his garden, messes 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 can and do happen in LakeCounty. 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 trash and garbage, but it can kill him. He 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 him.

    Immunizing Your Dog Against Rabies


    By the time your dog is 3-4 months of age. It's wise to follow the advise of your veterinarian in this area. Depending upon which vaccine your vet uses, you will need new shots every one or three years.


    Any Veterinarian.


    The answer to this is simple. Rabies can be contracted by any warm blooded animal - including man. It is almost always 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.

    There is more to owning a dog than food, water and an occasional brushing. You should also know your responsibilities to the animal, your neighbors and the law.

    Lake County Dog Warden (440) 350-2640