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Pry, Scalise and Acme Fresh Market Partner to Present the Can Do! Program, Donate a Can of Dog Food

By County of Summit Executive Russ Pry's Office Published: July 20, 2012

Did you forget to license your dog? Here is something you Can Do! to license your pet, help feed a dog looking for a new home and save money all at the same time.

On Saturday, July 28, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at four Acme Fresh Market store locations across Summit County, Executive Russ Pry and Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise, will be sponsoring Can Do!, a one day program that provides amnesty to Summit County dog owners purchasing their 2012 tags. Dog owners who failed to renew their dog's license will have their $14 late-fee waived if they donate a can of dog food to the Summit County Division of Animal Control.

"If you can donate a can of dog food, we will waive your $14 late-fee," stated Fiscal Officer Scalise. "The Can Do! program is just that simple."

Late-fees will only be waived at the following Acme Fresh Market store locations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the day of the event: Acme No. 1 (1835 West Market Street, Akron), Acme No. 2 (2420 Wedgewood Drive, Akron), Acme No. 14 (3235 Manchester Road, Akron) and Acme No. 17 (4445 Kent Road, Stow).

“I would like to thank Acme Fresh Market for their support of the Can Do! program," said Executive Pry. “Like us, they value the animals of this community and understand the importance of dog licensing."

The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) requires citizens who own, keep or harbor a dog more than three months of age to purchase a dog license on an annual basis. In addition to complying with state law, there are significant benefits

to licensing your dog:

 A licensed dog can be identified by strangers as having an owner. This increases the odds of your dog being returned quickly and safely.

 A license provides legal proof of ownership and can reunite you and your lost pet. It's their ticket home!

 If Summit County Animal Control finds your pet, dogs displaying a license will be held for 14 days rather than the standard 3 days before being placed up for adoption.

"Funds generated from the sale of dog licenses are used to feed, house and vaccinate lost and abandoned animals in need at the Summit County Division of Animal Control facility," added Executive Pry.

The Summit County Division of Animal Control facility, located at 250 Opportunity Parkway in Akron, offers affordable and unique adoption opportunities. The cost to adopt a dog is $90; while, the cost to adopt a cat is $60. Adoption fees include: blood work, flea treatments, intestinal de-worming, a license (if necessary), a spay/neuter operation and vaccinations.

Adoption hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information on the Summit County Division of Animal Control, click on http://www.co.summit.oh.us/executive/animalcontrol.htm. To learn more about dog licensing visit http://www.fiscaloffice.summitoh.net/index.php/dog-licensing. Citizens without access to the Internet may contact the Summit County Fiscal Office at 330-630-7226.

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