Old Butler County Courthouse, Hamilton Ohio
Below is a short synopsis of basic Ohio and Butler County pet laws
Animal Cruelty Fines
Ohio law carries no distinction between intentional or unintentional cruelty, torture or simple neglect; considered a misdemeanor; no more than $2500 and/or 6 months in jail.
In Butler County, contact Vickey Steier, chief animal control officer at 513-200-6621
Animal Licensing Info
Ohio law requires all dogs over 3 months old have a valid license and be worn at all times. License must be purchased annually no later than January 31. There is no mandatory cat licensing.
Dec.1, 2007 thru Jan. 31, 2008
Regular tag $14.00
Feb 1 thru June 30, 2008
Late renewal registration $28.00 ($14.00 fee plus $14.00 penalty)
Dog brought from out of state or new resident $14.00 (no penalty)
July 1 thru Oct. 31, 2008
Late renewal registration $28.00 ($14.00 fee plus $14.00 penalty) within 30 days of purchase)
New purchase $7.00 - puppy 3 months of age after July 1, 2008 (no penalty)
New purchase $14.00 - 3+ months of age on or before July 1, 2008 (no penalty
Dog brought from out of state or new resident $7.00 (no penalty)
Duplicate (lost) tags are issued by the Auditor's office only. Fee .25
To receive by mail - owners must send:
Copy of original license registration form (attach quarter)
If you donít have the form, send us a postcard with your name & address
Self addressed, stamped envelope
Kennel License (Kennels must comply with applicable zoning regulations.)
Kennel Tags are issued by the Auditor's office only. Regular Fee $70.00
After January 31st, 2008 - $140.00 (regular fee + penalty added)
Butler County licensing locations
Dog License Search
A service of the Butler County Auditor: http://www.butlercountyauditor.org/dl_search.cfm
Shelter Holding Periods (Cat and Dog)
State law requires that dogs not wearing a current license tag be held for 72 hours (3 days) to give the owner a chance to reclaim the animal. Dogs that are wearing a current license must be held for a period up to 14 days. Shelter staff will attempt to contact, by phone, or certified mail to the last known address, the owner as listed on the license registration. Animals entering the shelter are also scanned for microchips. If a microchip is detected, the owner is contacted immediately.
It is important to keep all identification current so you can be reached as soon as your animal is found.
There is NO state law allowing for a holding period for cats.
For more information, please contact the Animal Friends Humane Society (the Butler County Shelter)
5225 Trenton Road, Trenton, Ohio 45067 (513) 867-5727 or email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org Their website is: www.animalfriendshs.org.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED YES ON ISSUE 12 TO BUILD A NEW COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER!! GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONIES ARE MAY 2, 2007!