618.09   ANNUAL REGISTRATION OF DOGS; TAGS REQUIRED.
   (a)   No owner, keeper or harborer of a dog more than three months of age, shall fail to file an application for registration or pay a registration fee to the County Auditor as required by R.C. § 955.01.
   (b)   Guide, leader, hearing, or support dogs shall have access to free permanent registration per R.C. § 955.011. Law enforcement canines shall be registered pursuant to R.C. § 955.012.
   (c)   Division (a) of this section shall not apply to dogs kept by an institution or organization for teaching and research purposes under R.C. § 955.16, nor shall it apply to nonprofit animal shelters that keep or harbor a dog more than three months of age under R.C. § 955.01.
   (d)   No owner of a dog, except a dog constantly confined to a registered kennel, shall fail to require the dog to wear, at all times, a valid tag issued in connection with a certificate of registration. A dog's failure at any time to wear a valid tag shall be prima-facie evidence of a lack of registration and shall subject that dog to impoundment. The owner will be able to rebut that presumption by proof of registration.
   (e)   Whoever violates division (a) of this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
(Ord. 2019-3.  Passed 2-11-19.)