The top 10 dog names in the county last year were: Bella, Charlie, Buddy, Max, Lucy, Molly, Sadie, Maggie, Bailey and Daisy.
“A dog license cannot be issued without being provided the name of the animal,” Ottawa County Treasurer Bradley Slagh said. “It seems some people take naming their pet to new heights.”
Other notable names of 2015 were: Trinity, Sir Buster Boo, Snapdragon and Ember.
Having the license can help quickly return a lost animal to its home. When a lost animal is found by a resident or officer, the license number attached to the collar can be entered at www.miottawa.org/DogLicenseLookup/ and the owner identified without a trip to the humane society. Law requires that dogs are licensed, however Ottawa County also offers cat licensing.
A favorite name among licensed cats is Chuck Norris. “Although with a name like that, it can probably take care of itself,” Slagh quipped.
One other interesting statistic in the year-end reports are the breeds of the most licensed dogs. The top three breeds based on the number licensed in 2015 are: Labrador retriever, golden retriever and shih-tzu.
Michigan law requires that all dogs have a valid rabies shot issued by a veterinarian and a current county license. Ottawa County dog licenses are available online at miOttawa.org, by mail, or in person at the county treasurer’s Fillmore Street and Grand Haven offices, and at participating veterinarians and government unit offices.
Veterinarians selling county dog licenses along with providing animal health services are: Hamilton Vet Clinic, Georgetown Animal Hospital, Jelsema Vet Clinic, Chicago Drive Vet Clinic, Haven Animal Hospital, Harborfront Hospital, East Holland Vet Clinic, Mapleview Animal Hospital, Ottawa Animal Hospital, and Zeeland Vet Hospital, Kingdom Animal Hospital and Lifetime Veterinary Care.