Montgomery County awards top three dog licenses ahead of deadline

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County’s top dogs are reminding pet owners about an upcoming deadline.

Wednesday, county auditor Karl Keith awarded the number one, two and three dog licenses to three Montgomery County dogs. The animals’ owners won the honors in a fall charitable auction, which collected more than $5,600 for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

Each year, the auditor’s office donates the top three licences, alternating between SICSA and the Humane Society.

A 9-year-old boxer named Murdock and his owner Teresa Huber were honored with the number one license during a short ceremony at the Montgomery County administrative building Wednesday morning.

Keith presented the number two license to Kent Sholder’s dog Henry, a 13-year-old soft coated Wheaten Terrier and the number three license to Yvonne Thorne and Panda, a 3-year-old Newfoundland-labrador mix.

“They’re wonderful animals and they’re wonderful ambassadors to remind people that it’s time to renew your dog license,” Keith said.

It’s the law to annually license any dog older than three months. Dayton Humane Society president and CEO Brian Weltge explained its also in the animal’s best interest to improve the odds of reuniting a lost dog with its owner. Plugging a license ID number into a county database quickly finds the owner’s name and contact information.

“We get a lot of animals that come to us that people find and, of course, there’s no identification,” Welge said. “When there’s no identification, it makes it very difficult for us to find the owner.”

Montgomery county is selling dog licenses until January 31st online and at 30 locations around the county. Until then, they cost $20 if a dog is spayed or neuter and $24 if it is not. Prices double after January.

You can find the online Montgomery County dog license application by clicking here.

Click here for general information and FAQs on the auditor’s web page.

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