Conneaut Library New Dog License Registrar
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Conneaut Library New Dog License Registrar

Auditor’s Office Adds Conneaut Registrar to Dog License Sale List


Conneaut- Ashtabula County Auditor David Thomas and Office Manager Sue Belden were delighted as they made the trip to the Conneaut Public Library to meet with Library Director Kathy Zappitello and Administrative Assistant Amanda Smith to discuss dog licenses. Zappitello, and the Conneaut Public Library are the newest registrars to sell dog licenses on behalf of the Ashtabula County Auditor’s Office.

“We really appreciate the Conneaut Library providing this service to our residents who may not have easy access to the internet or can’t drive into Jefferson for their dog license,” shared Auditor Thomas.

The Conneaut Public Library will be the only physical location in Conneaut to purchase a new dog license or renew an existing license for the coming year. The Library will begin offering this service to the public on December 1  

"Offering the opportunity for local folks to register their dogs at the Conneaut Public Library is a step in the right direction when it comes to quality of life.  We at the library are in full support of a pet friendly community and are taking action steps to champion that initiative,” said Conneaut Public Library Executive Director Kathy Zappitello. “Thank you to the auditor's office to help make that happen."

Registrars for dog licenses collect owner information and payments at their location and send the Auditor’s Office the application and money so that the dog’s owner can be sent a license via the mail. These mobile locations aid in customer service for residents not wanting to purchase a license online or at the Auditor’s Office.

The Auditor’s Office now has nine registrars throughout Ashtabula County, including the Conneaut Public Library. “We are excited to have the library able to help our residents in the Northeast corner of the County,” explained Auditor Thomas. “The Conneaut Library has excellent customer service and this is an exciting addition to our current registrars in the community.”

All dogs three-months-old or older must register or renew their license each year between December 1 and January 31. Those who presently have a license will receive a notice in the mail for renewal which can be done in person, online, or by mail. Licenses alert the Dog Warden of official ownership and the owner’s contact information if a dog becomes lost or a concern arises.

Licenses are $12 for a one year tag with the fees helping towards shelter costs and Dog Warden funds. Purchasing a license at a registrar or online does include a small fee under $1 to cover the expense from the service.

The Auditor’s Office has been setting new records each year for dog licenses, now at nearly 11,000. “The more licenses we can sell, the more protected local dogs would be and better funded our shelters and Dog Warden is,” stated Auditor Thomas. The Auditor’s Office estimates roughly 40,000 dogs in Ashtabula County

The 2021 Inaugural Top Dog essay contest is also occurring this month with students in 4th and 5th grade and Developmentally Disabled Individuals able to participate in writing a short essay on why their pup is the Top Dog in Ashtabula County. Essays and photos are due into the Auditor’s Office by November 22nd with more information on their website.    

For residents looking to purchase their 2022 Dog License at the Conneaut Library, their hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.. Those seeking more information can contact the Auditor’s Office at 440-576-3786.

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