Lifetime dog licenses are coming to Ohio later this year. But how will that affect local animal control agencies?
The fee for lifetime licenses is based on a 10 year life expectency for a dog, and is $140 - 10 times the annual $14 fee.
Summit County dog warden Christine Fatheree says some dog owners will find paying in advance attractive.
"So, people have a two month period to renew, but a lot of times, people forget, they set it aside," Fatheree tells AkronNewsNow.com. "And then we're halfway through the year, and they're like, 'I'll just worry about it next year."
Fatheree says the short term influx of money will help the animal control department become independent.
"So we feel that with the lifetime license being available and the three-year license," Fatheree says, "that may bring in some more revenue for us to be self-sufficient. and not have to rely on the general fund."
The department gets about $110,000 a year from the county now.
But Fatheree says they'll have to budget carefully, and set aside money so future years don't see a budget shortfall.
"It will look probably the first year or two like we have a lot in our budget," Fatheree says, "but we are going to have to separate that."
The lifetime and three-year license become effective December 1st, when dog license renewals begin.