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Auditor Keith honors Montgomery County No. 1 dog
Deadline to purchase 2017 dog licenses is January 31

 Karl puts No  Tag on Murdock  Judy  Debbie and Teresa watch 

Auditor Keith places the No. 1 dog license on Murdock as owner Teresa Huber (center) and Commissioners Judy Dodge and Debbie Lieberman look on

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                    
Date:  January 27, 2017    
Contact: Mike Brill

Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith presented the 2017 No. 1 dog license to 7-year-old Murdock, owned by Teresa Huber, earning the boxer the title of the county’s No. 1 dog.

County Commissioners Debbie Lieberman and Judy Dodge joined Keith at the No. 1-3 license presentation ceremony at the County Administration Building on January 27.

The No. 2 license was presented to Tena, another 7-year-old boxer owned by Huber, and the No. 3 license was presented to Keith’s Winston, a 4-year-old Collie-Shepherd mix. Huber and Keith submitted the winning bids for the tags when Keith auctioned the No. 1-3 licenses at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton’s Pet Afflaire fundraising dinner, raising more than $2000 for the animal welfare agency.

“I want to thank Teresa Huber for her generosity and support,” said Keith. “Her charity will help the Humane Society in its mission to build loving relationships between people and animals.”

Dog licenses are on sale until January 31, 2017. The license fee is $20 for spayed or neutered dogs and $24 for dogs that have not been altered, although there are some exceptions. Dog licenses must be renewed annually, unless the owner has a three-year or permanent license, which can only be purchased in-person from the Auditor’s Office.

Dog licenses 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. The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center helped return more than 1200 lost dogs to their owners in 2016 thanks to the use of dog licenses.

In addition to the licenses being a useful identification tool, it is also Ohio law that all dogs older than three months of age 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
  • By mailing-in an application which can be downloaded at 
  • 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

In 2016, more than 65,000 dog licenses were sold. Proceeds from license sales go to the Animal Resource Center to help care for stray and lost animals until they can be adopted into a caring home. Dog owners can get a bone or heart-shaped tag by providing a small donation to the Animal Resource Center, to further help them care to animals in need.

Montgomery County residents can call 937-225-4314 or visit for more information on dog licensing.