Cuyahoga County's Top Dogs to be Named Wednesday

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VALLEY VIEW, Ohio —Cuyahoga County will issue its first five dog licenses for 2012 at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14 as part of a kids essay contest designed to choose Cuyahoga County’s Top Dog.

The first five dog licenses – literally numbered 1 through 5 – will be issued to essay award winners at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, 9500 Sweet Valley Drive, in Valley View, The kids their dogs and the award-winning essays will be on hand.

In the essay contest, kids in grades 1‐5 were asked to explain, in 50 words or less, why their favorite dog is Cuyahoga County’s Top Dog. Members of the Cuyahoga County Council led by Sunny Simon of South Euclid judged from among more than 100 entries. The overall contest winner will receive the very first license issued for 2012, “Cuyahoga County Dog License No. 1.”

The new contest is an effort to raise awareness about the fact that responsible dog guardians always make sure their pooch has a license, as required by state law. All dogs in Ohio three months of age or older must by licensed each year by Jan. 31 or within 30days of assuming ownership. Dogs must display a tag showing they have a license at all times.

The licenses are important when lost dogs arrive at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, because the tags make identifying owners much easier. Also, revenue from license sales helps fund the shelter.

Licenses for 2012 went on sale Dec. 1. They cost $16 for spayed or neutered dogs and $20 for others. For more information about obtaining a dog license, call the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office at (216) 443‐6938 or visit