Ottawa County Treasurer Bradley Slagh reported that the top names for licenses issued last year were:
“Some of the dog names we take in truly make us smile," Slagh said. "Some even make you wonder what the dogs smell or look like to get some of these names. Last year, we had a Calla Lilly, Pork Chop, Jake from State Farm, Chiquita, Copper Pot and Burt Reynolds.”
The top five breeds licensed in 2017 were Labrador retriever, golden retriever, Chihuahua, German shepherd and shih tzu.
Since 1919, Michigan law has required that dogs be licensed. Additionally, the law requires that to get a dog license proof of a rabies vaccination by a veterinarian must be provided.
Along with ensuring that pet owners keep rabies vaccinations up to date, dog licenses save time, money and emotional distress. If a dog is lost, the license will make the return of the pet simple. When a stray is picked up by animal control (or a friendly neighbor), a dog wearing its license will be returned to its owner quickly for a tail-wagging, slobbery reunion. Unlicensed dogs risk being brought to the animal shelter. The owner may face fines, redemption fees, boarding costs and vet bills. Pets who remain unidentified could be put up for adoption.
Dogs must be licensed at 4 months of age. In Ottawa County, dog licenses can be purchased at any time, but are issued to expire the month of the dog’s rabies vaccination. New licenses are available for either one or three years, and will expire in the month of the rabies vaccination.
Owners can purchase licenses through participating veterinarians, some units of government or online at www.miottawa.org/DogLicense. More information about licensing dogs in Ottawa County is available on the https://www.miOttawa.org/ or by calling 616-994-4501.
The top names of 2016 were:
10-Maggie and Daisy (tied)