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Posted on: November 30, 2022

Lucas County Commissioners, Auditor announce 2023 dog license renewal period

TOLEDO, OH – The Lucas County Commissioners today joined the Lucas County Auditor to announce that the 2023 dog license renewal period will begin Thursday, December 1, 2022 and will continue through the month of January.

“If your dog runs away or comes up missing, the license tag on your dog provides the best way of notifying you if someone finds your pet wandering and lost,” said Lucas County Commissioner Gary L. Byers. “Getting or renewing your 2023 license tag will help Canine Care & Control get your dog back home to you safely.”

One-year, three-year, and permanent dog licenses can be purchased without penalty beginning Dec. 1. Fees for licenses are $25 for one year, $75 for three years, and $250 for the life-of-a dog option.

“Having your dog licensed helps identify your pet should it become lost. In 2022, many of the dogs found wearing a license were returned to their owners quickly. We want the same outcome for all dog owners in Lucas County,” Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak said.

The press conference to announce the dog license renewal period was held at the Main Library in downtown Toledo, which, along with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s 19 branches, is among the locations selling 2023 dog licenses.

“The 2023 license will be your pet’s ticket home should he or she get lost,” said Commissioner Pete Gerken. “Please help us and Canine Care & Control to help you keep your pet safe. License your dog today.” 

During the press conference, Auditor Anita Lopez announced that the number one name of dogs licensed in Lucas County in 2022 is Bailey and the most registered dog breed in the county is the Labrador Retriever with 4,043.

Rounding out the top 20 dog names are Bella, Brutus, Buddy, Charlie, Cooper, Daisy, Duke, Gracie, Gus, Harley, Jack, Lily, Louie, Luna, Max, Molly, Sophie, Zoey, and Zeus.

Following Labrador Retriever as the most registered breed were Pit Bulls (3,601), German Shepherd (2,248), Chihuahua (2,100), Shih Tzu (1,728)), Boxer (1,547), Yorkie (1,352), Golden Retriever (1,211), Beagle (1,049), and Australian Shepherd (860).

Dog owners who purchase their 2023 license for their pet will receive the LC4 Love Dogs key fob, which is a rewards card program that offers discounts for services and goods at participating businesses and organizations.

“No matter your dog’s name, we want to make sure they will be returned quickly to you if they get out. Not only that, all Lucas County dog owners can take advantage of the LC4 Loves Dogs Reward program, which can save you money at a number of participating businesses in Lucas County. We are working hard to make licensing or renewing your dog license easier and more convenient,” Auditor Lopez said.

In addition to all Toledo Lucas County Public Libraries, dog owners can purchase licenses in person at the Lucas County Auditor’s Office in One Government Center, Suite 600, or online using the dog tag renewal system. Payments may be made by cash, check, or credit card. Licenses can also be purchased in person at the Canine Care & Control building, 410 S. Erie St., or online at

Ohio law requires all owners of dogs 3 months and older to register their dogs in the county in which the dog is kept. Licenses purchased after January 31, 2023 will include a late fee equal to the cost of the annual license.

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