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Jefferson Student Wins Best Overall Dog Coloring Contest | Local News

JEFFERSON — A fourth-grade student from Jefferson Elementary School is the winner of the Auditor’s Office’s third annual dog license coloring contest.

Tanner Miller received the best overall award; Grace (private surname), a first-grader from Ashtabula, won Best Landscape, and Everly Gerics, a two-year-old from Conneaut, won Best Mixed Breed.

Participants colored a spring-themed scene on paper provided by the verifier’s office and submitted the final drawing to the office.

“We received 85 submissions from children, members of the developmental disability community and even adults from across the county,” said David Thomas, Ashtabula County Auditor.

Tanner recently visited the auditor’s office after school to view the submissions and get his prize – a coloring game and a free dog license for the 2023 season.

“I have three dogs at home and I love them very much, we have a lot of fun together,” he said.

Tanner then left to practice baseball with his grandmother, Thomas said.

“It’s been a fun way to help promote the need for dog licensing,” Thomas said. “Many in our communities don’t know the legal significance of dog licenses or where fees are spent, so it’s important to have those conversations.”

“I don’t have a dog at home,” Grace said. “We have cats, but I like to draw dogs.”

The Auditor’s office has reached out to area schools, community groups and local governments to help raise awareness of the desirability and need to register dogs in the county. Ashtabula County employees, auditor’s office staff and local residents had the opportunity to vote on the nominations the first week of April.

“Office manager Susan Belden has done another great job with our dog licensing program and helping to raise awareness, such as with this coloring contest and our Bark in the Park dog licensing festival,” said said Thomas.

The categories included Best Overall, Best Background and Best Mixed Race, which was aimed at younger children, who perfected the “scribble effect,” he said.

The Auditor’s Office strives to publicize how dog license fees cover local expenses and keep residents and puppies safe.

“The more licenses we can sell, the more dogs are protected, and the licenses help fund our shelters and dog sitter,” Thomas said. “I believe that instead of increasing the fee by $12, we are instead focusing on compliance.”

All dogs three months or older must register or renew their license annually between December 1 and January 31. The licenses alert the dog sitter to the official ownership and contact details of the owner, if a dog gets lost or a problem arises.

Licenses cost $12 for a one-year label and can be purchased at the Verifier’s office, online at the Verifier’s website, or at one of nine convenient community partners.

If residents find a dog with a license, they can go to the checker’s website and search for the dog’s license number to see the owner and their phone number instead of calling the dog sitter or visiting shelter.