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Chicken Nugget is Lawrence County’s Top Dog for 2019

January 31, 2019

Courtesy of the Lawrence

County Auditor’s Office

CHESAPEAKE - Tyson Chicken Nugget Malone, the rescue dog owned by Chesapeake Middle School fifth-grader McKayla Burriss’s family, has been named Lawrence County’s Top Dog for 2019 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” 2019 dog tag at a ceremony on Friday, Jan. 18, at Chesapeake Middle 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 third, fourth and fifth grades to nominate a special dog to be named Lawrence County’s Top Dog for 2019.

More than 180 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 McKayla’s essay she wrote, “Tyson has a middle name, so his full name is Tyson Chicken Nugget Malone.” She also wrote that Chicken Nugget was a rescue animal the family picked up from the Lawrence County Dog Shelter. She said, “Now he lives a happy life!”

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,” Stephens said. “We have some great dogs in Lawrence County. It is always fun to hear what young owners have to say about their dogs.”

Today, Jan. 31, is the last day to purchase 2019 dog tags before the price increases. Tags can be purchased at the Auditor’s Office in the courthouse, the Lawrence County Dog Shelter (1302 Adams Lane, Ironton), Jim’s Gun Shop (300 Front St., Proctorville), Dickess Market (13629 SR 141, Kitts Hill), Pine Tree Carryout (9147 SR 93, Pedro) and South Point Storage (602 Solida Road, South Point).

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 for $14 online at the auditor’s website, www.lawrencecountyauditor.org.

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