January 11, 2018

ROME TOWNSHIP-Liberty, the lab mix service dog owned by Fairland West Elementary 5th Grader, Madison Rummel, has been named Lawrence County’s Top Dog for 2018 in a contest sponsored by the Lawrence County Auditor’s Office.

Lawrence County Auditor, Jason Stephens presented the Top Dog trophy and the “Top Dog” 2018 dog tag at a ceremony on Thursday, January 11 at Fairland West Elementary School.

In an effort to increase participation in dog licensing in Lawrence County, the Auditor’s Office sponsored a contest for Lawrence County children in the 3rd, 4th or 5th Grade to nominate a special dog to be named “LAWRENCE COUNTY’S TOP DOG for 2018.”

Over 80 children throughout the county entered the contest by submitting a brief hand-written essay explaining why their dog should be considered the “TOP DOG” in Lawrence County. The Auditor’s Office then judged the entries submitted.

In Madison’s essay she wrote, “Liberty is my dad’s service dog. She helps my dad so he can go places with us.” Madison also wrote, “Liberty goes to Cleveland every Friday. At training she learns special commands. She uses them when she is out with my dad.”

Lawrence County Auditor, Jason Stephens, said “This contest is a fun way to increase dog tag sales in Lawrence County, and it also helps kids show pride in their pet by being responsible dog owners.”

“I really appreciate the kids who took time to submit an essay. We have some great dogs in Lawrence County. It is fun to hear what young owners have to say about their dogs.”

2018 Dog Tags are on sale now through the end of January at the Auditor’s Office. Tags are also available at our remote vendors listed HERE

Tags at the auditor’s office cost $12 for the year. At the other locations, the cost is $12.75.

Tags may also be purchased online at this website:http://www.doglicenses.us/oh/lawrence/


Lawrence County’s 2018 Top Dog:

  • Madison Rummel, Fairland

Lawrence County’s 2017 Top Dog Runner Up:

  • Marley Ferguson, Symmes Valley

Honorable Mention:

  • Gracie Carmon, Burlington
  • Cecilia Harrison, Dawson Bryant