Ohio teens go door to door to boost dog licensing

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) – A large northeast Ohio county that has struggled for years to get more dog owners to license their pets is taking that effort door to door using a dozen teens in a summer work program.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/TUrCaS ) reports the teenagers are distributing fliers warning Summit County residents to license dogs as legally required. The fliers include an application on one side.

The county is estimated to have more than 133,000 dogs but lately has logged less than 43,000 individual licenses. The county’s previous efforts to increase license sales included amnesty periods and special promotions, but the numbers didn’t jump.

A spokeswoman says the county is spending under $2,000 on the door-to-door effort and could break even on the cost if it sells about 115 more licenses.

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