MILLERSBURG − Prepare to pay an extra $2 for a dog license in Holmes County.
On Monday, the Board of Commissioners approved the increase for the Holmes County Dog Warden Department and Adoption Center to help with expenses and administration costs.
dog sitter Jonathan Beam will institute the increase in license fees as well as an approved increase in boarding fees, effective immediately.
Here are the new prices:
- Dog license: $17 (instead of $15)
- Kennel fee: $85 (instead of $75)
- Medal for life: $170 (instead of $150)
- Puppy tags: $8.50 each
- Three-year label: $51 (instead of $45).
“The fee increase should be more than enough to get us through the next few years,” Beam said. “Our goal is to hire a new person at the kennel next year to look after the dogs while we send road officers out to do kennel inspections.
“Road works can be quite overwhelming as there is so much to do,” he continued. “Sometimes shelter work takes a back seat, and I don’t want that to happen.”
It is planned to hire a part-time person to help in the kennel from January 2023.
Beam acknowledged that it’s never easy to ask people to pay more money, especially in times of inflation when the costs of goods and services in general are higher.
“Everything seems to be increasing, but it all comes down to being able to serve our county,” he said. “And, obviously, without money, we can’t do that. I just promise to continue to provide exceptional service to the residents of our county and their dogs.”
Holmes County Council praises dog sitter for a job well done
Commissioner Ray Eyler asked how Holmes County’s fees compared to other counties, and Beam explained that they were lower than other counties, but with the increase, the rates are now comparable. In Wayne County for example, the fee for an adult dog license is $16 and the kennel license fee is $80.
“Several other counties have been okay with the fee increase over the last year, a year and a half, with the cost of everything going up,” Beam said.
Dave Hall praised Beam for providing the research, meeting the requirements of Ohio law, and staying within the limits of numbers and running the office like a business, and understanding the county’s wants and needs.
“Thank you for what you are doing and the way you are running this operation over there,” Joe Miller added. “It’s done in a very, very professional way. You’re definitely not overstaffed there.”
Holmes County Kennel operating at or near capacity
Beam reported that over the past 18 months, the kennel has housed between 10 and 17 dogs. The facility has 14 kennels. The most dogs they’ve had at any given time this year was 18.
“Adoptions are slow and the dogs coming in are on the increase,” he said. “We have a list of people who want to free us from dogs, but we can’t even keep track of stray dogs coming in. Stray dogs are dogs picked up on the run by our agents.
“In a perfect world, I would love to be able to rehome other dogs that are already owned, but we don’t have the staff to be able to do that,” Beam continued. “There are so many things that come into play when you consider rehoming these dogs, making sure they find a place so the kennel can be used for another dog.”
Beam has been contacted by people struggling to find homes for litters of puppies they cannot sell.
“It’s not just one or two dogs, but a litter,” he said. “Now they have 14 week old puppies they are trying to feed and they don’t know what to do with them. We don’t have the space to help people like that. There is always a demand for puppies, but I think the market is saturated.”
Beam said his office cracks down on small kennels with two or three dogs, making sure they comply with kennel licenses.