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Auditor Keith Honors Sheriff’s Office, Dayton, Kettering Police Dogs

Dog licenses are on sale until January 31


                                                            Karl and KPD Officer Brent Wright and K Fuse                    Karl and DPD Officer Chris Savage and K Jake

(L) Auditor Keith with Kettering Police Officer Brent Wright and K9 Fuse, (R) Auditor Keith and Dayton Police Officer Chris Savage and K-9 Jake

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  
Date:  January 12, 2018    
Contact: Mike Brill
Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith presented K-9s from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Dayton Police Department and the Kettering Police Department with their 2018 dog licenses Friday morning to honor the service the dogs and their handlers provide their communities.
Keith provides dog licenses for free to dogs in police service. There are nearly 20 total police dogs in Montgomery County serving in 10 police departments. These dogs are a great asset to the police departments they serve in. They search buildings, perform demonstrations, investigate bomb threats, chase criminals and find illegal drugs.
Police dogs are highly trained and are known for the strong bond they share with their handler, whom they live with while off duty.
“I wanted to honor the important work these K-9 units do to keep our communities safe,” said Keith. 
The Sheriff’s Office has five K-9s: Jax, Recon, Daphne, Axel, and Gunnar. In an average year, the Sheriff’s Office deploys these dogs more than 400 times. In 2016, these dogs recovered more than 35,000 grams of illegal drugs.
The Kettering K-9 unit’s Nash, Fuse and Jax have received national honors for their work, winning the title of Top Team at the United States Police Canine Association’s national competition last year.
The Dayton Police Department has four dogs in the department: Zeta, Phantom, Thor and Jake.
Zeta is a special dog that assists in the security of high profile events, such as candidate visits during the 2016 presidential election.
Dog licenses are on sale from December 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018. For dogs that do not work with the police, the license fee is only $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. 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 2017, more than 60,000 dog licenses were sold. More than one-third of these were purchased online. 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.
Keith will be hosting another event on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Huber Heights City Hall to honor the K-9s from the Riverside, Butler Township, Miami Township and Huber Heights Police Departments.