Friday, August 22, 2014

Got tags? City dog licenses at shelter

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 1/13/2014

Ottawa residents who have not obtained 2014 dog licenses for their pets must do so at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, 3173 K-68, Ottawa, city officials said.

Registration of all dogs within the corporate limits of the city is required by municipal code on an annual basis. Registration fees are $8 for each sterilized male or spayed female dog. Animals that have not been altered require a $40 registration fee.  

Ottawa residents who have not obtained 2014 dog licenses for their pets must do so at Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, 3173 K-68, Ottawa, city officials said.

Registration of all dogs within the corporate limits of the city is required by municipal code on an annual basis. Registration fees are $8 for each sterilized male or spayed female dog. Animals that have not been altered require a $40 registration fee.  

Along with the registration fee, a certificate or other document is needed from the veterinarian indicating whether the animal has been altered along with information on current vaccinations, according to a city news release.

Mail-in applications also are accepted at the shelter, 3173 K-68, Ottawa. Forms can be obtained online at www.prairiepaws.org or the city’s website at www.ottawaks.gov or at the counter at Prairie Paws or City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St., Ottawa. Copies of information on spayed or sterilization status and vaccines must be included, representatives from the city and the shelter said.  

While obtaining licenses for their dogs, residents can help fund the new Ottawa Bark Park by donating for special tags and/or engraving for an additional $5 per tag or engraving service, city officials said.

“I went to Prairie Paws last week and got my special gold fire hydrant and Sutton’s [Jewelry, Inc., 207 S. Main St., Ottawa] is engraving it now,” Wynndee Lee, the city’s planning and codes director and bark park booster, said Friday.

City staff has been working with members of the community to develop a dog park for more than a year, Lee said, with construction underway in the northwest corner of Forest Park, 320 N. Locust St., Ottawa. Work to build the dog park was slowed in December when thieves made off with a trailer, parked in a business lot, that contained some of the materials for the park, Lee said. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft.

In the meantime, “poles are in the ground” for the park, Lee said, and she is hopeful the project will progress this month. The dog park is sponsored by Advantage Ford, 2320 S. Oak St., Ottawa.

The 2014 dog license campaign marks the first year of a new partnership between Prairie Paws and the City of Ottawa in which residents can now purchase licenses at the shelter.

“I am glad to be working cooperatively to see that the dogs in our area are licensed, that we have additional support for the services Prairie Paws provides and to help promote the efforts for the dog park,” Jaron Asher, Prairie Paws operations manager and deputy director, said.

Hours at the shelter are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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