The Dog Control Department is funded from the sale of dog tag licenses and related fee income. All proceeds from these sales are placed in the Dog and Kennel Fund and are used to finance the Department's operation throughout the year. The funds are to be used only for dog control related expense.
Most of the Ohio Revised Code references to dogs and the dog control function are found in Sections 951 and 955. Free, searchable versions of the code are available on the Internet. An on line search for "Ohio Revised Code" will display various sources for the information.
Each year, approximately 15,000 dogs are registered in Allen County.
A dog license in Allen County costs $22.00 if purchased between December 1 and January 31. A penalty of $22.00 in addition to the license fee is charged for licenses acquired after the January 31 deadline. Kennel fees are $110 with a $110 penalty if purchased after the deadline.
A dog acquired during the year must be licensed within 30 days from the date the dog is acquired to avoid a penalty fee. A license is required for all dogs over the age of three months.
Notifications of dog license renewals are mailed prior to the registration period. The license may be renewed by mail in response to the renewal notice or purchased in person Monday through Friday at:
The Allen County Courthouse, Auditor's Office Room 106, 301 North Main Street, Lima, Oh 45801 - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The County Dog Control Facility, 1165 Seriff Road, Lima, OH 45805 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Dog Warden and Deputies cover the entire 109 square miles of Allen County including the cities and villages. The Department receives an average of 3,000 calls for service annually. Most all of these calls are for dogs running at large but also included dog bite reports, humnae care and emergency call outs.
Generally, dog control officers are on duty from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. When staffing is available hours may be extended during the summer and on weekends.
For emergencies, a dog control officer, in cooperation with other local law enforcement agencies, is available on a call-out basis after hours.
The Allen County Sheriff's Office provides 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, emergency dispatch service for the Dog Control Department.
To leave a non-urgent voice mail message for a dog control officer / staff, please call
(419) 228-3700 Extension 8528.
To request immediate service, to report vicious or dangerous dogs running at large, please call the Allen County Sheriff at (419) 227-3535.
Dogs may be claimed at the Dog Control Facility, 1165 Seriff Road, Lima, during the business hours shown below. Phone - 419-228-3700 Extension 8528
Hours of Operation:
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday
A dog with a displayed dog license is held at the Dog Control Facility until claimed by the owner to a maximum of 14 days. A dog without a displayed dog license is held until claimed by the owner to a maximum of 3 days.
Payment of the following applicable fees is required to claim your dog:
A housing fee is assessed to owners of dogs housed at the Dog Control Facility. Additionally, owners will be charged a pick up fee and a notice fee if dog is picked up by Deputies.
If a dog is unlicensed, a license must be purchased prior the release of the dog. A license costs $22.00 during the registration period from December 1st through January 31st; a $22.00 penalty is added to that amount after January 31st. Exception: dog was aquired within 30 days.
Procedures and requirements may vary for claiming vicious and dangerous dogs, particularly if legal action is involved. Contact the Dog Warden for details and requirements specific to those instances.
Adoptions are arranged directly through the Dog Control Facility, however, in all possible instances, dogs not claimed within the holding period are transferred to one of the available programs for adoption or placed with an animal rescue organization, foster care or breed rescue for training as public service dogs.
Many adoptable dogs can also be seen on Pet Finder (petfinder.com)
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