January 17, 2020

ROME TOWNSHIP — Snooki, the Australian Shepherd owned by Fairland West Elementary 5th Grader, Shayna Leffingwell, has been named Lawrence County’s Top Dog for 2020 in a contest sponsored by the Lawrence County Auditor’s Office.

Lawrence County Auditor, Paul David Knipp presented the Top Dog trophy and the “Top Dog” 2020 dog tag at a ceremony on Friday, January 17, 2020 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 2020.”

Participating schools this year were Dawson Bryant Elementary, Fairland Elementary, Rock Hill Elementary, South Point Elementary, St. Lawrence Elementary, and Symmes Valley Elementary.

The contest was open to all third, fourth and fifth graders in the county to write about their dogs, and why they thought theirs should be named the county’s “Top Dog.”

Nearly 100 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.

Lawrence County Auditor, Paul David Knipp, 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.”

“I didn’t know it was going to be me,” Burriss said of winning the contest. “It feels amazing.”

2020 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 at: Dog Tag Vendors. Tags at the auditor’s office cost $16 for the year. At the other locations, the cost is $17.

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


Lawrence County’s 2020 Top Dog:

  • Shayna Leffingwell, Fairland

Lawrence County’s 2020 Top Dog Runner Up:

  • Khloe Kline, Rock Hill

Honorable Mention:

  • Claire Wilson, Symmes Valley
  • Braden Schug, Dawson Bryant
  • McKenna Cassity, Dawson Bryant
  • Ara Crank, Rock Hill

Lawrence County 2020 Top Dog Winner