Ottawa County’s Top Dog Announced

In 2015 the most often use name in Ottawa County when purchasing a dog license was Bella. The entire top ten included:

1. Bella
2. Charlie
3. Buddy
4. Max
5. Lucy
6. Molly
7. Sadie
8. Maggie
9. Bailey
10. Daisy

“A dog license cannot be issued without being provided the name of the animal,” said Bradley Slagh, Ottawa County Treasurer. “It seems some people take naming their pet to new heights.” Other notable names of 2015 were: Trinity, Sir Buster Boo, Snapdragon and Ember.

Having the license can help quickly return a lost animal to its home. When a lost animal is found by a resident or officer, the license number attached to the collar can be entered at and the owner identified without a trip to the humane society. Law requires that dogs are licensed, however Ottawa County also offers cat licensing. A favorite name among licensed cats is Chuck Norris. “Although with a name like that, it can probably take care of itself,” Slagh quipped.

One other interesting statistic in the year-end reports are the breeds of the most licensed dogs. The top three breeds based on the number licensed in 2015 are:

1. Labrador Retriever
2. Golden Retriever
3. Shih-Tzu

Michigan law requires that all dogs have a valid rabies shot issued by a veterinarian and a current county license. Ottawa County dog licenses are available on-line at, by mail, or in person at the County Treasurer’s Fillmore and Grand Haven Offices, and at participating veterinarians and government unit offices.

Veterinarians selling County dog licenses along with providing animal health services are: Hamilton Vet Clinic, Georgetown Animal Hospital, Jelsema Vet Clinic, Chicago Drive Vet Clinic, Haven Animal Hospital, Harborfront Hospital, East Holland Vet Clinic, Mapleview Animal Hospital, Ottawa Animal Hospital, and Zeeland Vet Hospital, Kingdom Animal Hospital and Lifetime Veterinary Care.

Learn more about dog licensing at or call (616) 994-4501.