MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith presented K9 Units from the Dayton, Huber Heights, and Riverside police departments with their 2019 dog licenses as a way to honor the services the dogs and their handlers provide to the community.
Keith provided the licenses for free to over 20 police dogs serving across 10 different police departments. He was joined by Montgomery County Commissioner Carolyn Rice while presenting the licenses.
“I wanted to honor the important work these K-9 units do to keep our communities safe, and personally thank these officers for their service,” said Keith.
The Dayton Police Department has three dogs: Zeta, Phantom, and Jake.
Huber Heights has two K9s: Adu is a Dutch Shepard and Eddie is a Belgian Malinois. Both are trained in narcotics, criminal apprehension, handler protection, tracking, and evidence recovery.
Riverside has Tina, a German Shepard who was purchased with donations from residents and businesses.
Dog licenses for the year are on sale until January 31, 2019. The license fee for non-police dogs is $20 for spayed or neutered dogs, and $24 for dogs that have not been altered.
The licenses must be renewed yearly unless the owner has a three-year or permanent license, which can only be purchased in person from the Auditor’s Office.
Dog licenses are meant to help reunite owners with their pet if it goes missing, because they can be used as a quick and accurate way of notifying the owner if a dog is found. It is also Ohio law that dogs older than three months must be licensed.
“Please renew your dog’s license today to help your loyal friend get back home if they get lost,” said Keith. “It is very easy to apply for a license. More and more, dog owners are buying their licenses online, from the comfort of their own home.”
Licenses can be purchased in five ways:
- Online at www.mcohio.org/dogs
- By mailing-in an application which can be downloaded at www.mcohio.org/dogs
- At the Auditor’s Office in the County Administration Building at 451 W. Third St. in Dayton
- At the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center at 6790 Webster St. in Dayton
- At nearly 30 stores and other outlets throughout the county. A list of these licensing outposts can be found at www.mcohio.org/dogs.