July 7, 2014

Dear Editor,

The Board of Gallia County Commissioners want to provide information regarding dog tags to our county residents.

All proceeds from the sale of dog and kennel tags in Gallia County are deposited into the Gallia County Animal Shelter Fund. These funds allow our county dog warden and assistant county dog warden operate the Gallia County Animal Shelter.

All dogs, even if the dog is a full-time house dog, are required by the Ohio Revised Code to have a new dog tag each year, unless you purchase a lifetime tag for that specific dog. Failure to have a dog tag on your dog could potentially result in a fine.

Having a current dog tag will assist our county dog wardens in finding their owner and returning pets safely. Stray dogs found without a dog tag are required to be kept a minimum of three days. A dog found with a dog tag must be kept for a minimum of 14 days.

Our county dog wardens make every effort to find the owners of stray dogs and reunite them as soon as possible, but without a dog tag sometimes that becomes a real challenge. Dog and kennel tags can be purchased at the Gallia County Auditor’s Office or at the Gallia County Animal Shelter when you adopt or reclaim a dog.

Our Gallia County Animal Shelter has a Facebook page with pictures of dogs that have been found as strays and dogs that are available for adoption. If your dog is missing, use this face book page to post a picture of your missing dog and your contact information so our staff can assist you with finding your lost pet.

The Gallia County Animal Shelter is located at 186 Shawnee Lane, Gallipolis. Shawnee Lane is across from Brown’s Exxon on Ohio 160 just past Holzer Health System. Shelter hours are Monday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shelter phone number is 441-0207, and for after-hours emergencies only, contact Dog Warden Brenda Wright at (740) 339-2976, or Assistant Dog Warden Laurie Cardillo at (740) 339-2986.

We encourage everyone to visit our shelter and hope you will find a special pet to become a part of your family.

Gallia County Commissioners