ROME TOWNSHIP - Louis, the Chihuahua owned by Dawson Bryant Elementary 3rd Grader, Ellie Collins, has been named Lawrence County’s Top Dog for 2021 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” 2021 dog tag at a ceremony on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at Dawson Bryant 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 2021.”

Participating schools this year were Dawson Bryant Elementary, Fairland Elementary, and Symmes Valley Elementary.

Nearly 75 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.”

2021 Dog Tags are on sale. Tags are available at our remote vendors listed HERE


Tags at the auditor’s office cost $16 for the year. At the other locations, the cost is $16 (additional fees apply).

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

Lawrence County’s 2021 Top Dog:   

Ellie Collins, Dawson Bryant


Lawrence County’s 2021 Top Dog Runner Up:

Kyla Carpenter, Symmes Valley