Auditor honors top dog in Montgomery County

Deadline for 2023 licenses is Tuesday before fee doubles.

A 2-year-old boxer is Montgomery County’s top dog.

Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith presented the 2023 No. 1 dog license to Sophie and her owner, Teresa Huber of Dayton, during a ceremony on Thursday at the Montgomery County Administration Building in downtown Dayton honoring the dogs who receive the first three license numbers.

Huber calls Sophie a “fighter” who has overcome many challenges. She was born the runt of her litter, and as an adult weighs 30 pounds, about half the weight of the average female boxer, according to a release from the auditor’s office.

The No. 2 license was presented to Sailor, a 3-year-old boxer also owned by Huber, who called Sailor and Sophie best friends who love to play together in the backyard.

The No. 3 license went to Santiago, a 5-year-old Coton de Tulear owned by Lourdes Maurice. Santiago, who was not able to make the ceremony, frequently travels the world with Maurice, who provides updates on their adventures to the dog’s thousands of followers on Instagram.

The top three licenses were donated by Keith to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. They were auctioned during the Pet Afflaire Gala in November, which raised $18,000, more than any year before for the animal welfare agency, the release stated.

“We were thrilled to recognize Sophie, Sailor and Santiago as the county’s top dogs for 2023,” Keith said. “I want to thank Teresa Huber and Lourdes Maurice for their generous support of the humane society.”

County Commissioners Judy Dodge, Debbie Lieberman and Carolyn Rice also attended the Thursday ceremony.

The deadline for dog owners to obtain or renew licenses is Tuesday before the cost doubles. The fee is $20 if the dog has been spayed or neutered and $24 for unaltered dogs, with some exceptions.

“It only takes one time for your dog to get loose, and the license fee will prove its value,” Lieberman said. “We want pets where they belong — at home with their families. Dog licenses make that happen.”

Dog licenses help owners reunite with lost pets because they can be used as a quick and accurate way of notifying the owner if a dog is found. In 2022, the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center helped return more than 300 lost dogs to their owners. Revenue from license sales support the ARC in their mission of caring for animals in need. It also is Ohio law that all dogs 3 months or older be licensed.

Dog licenses can be purchased online at and in person at more than a dozen stores and agencies throughout the county, as well as the County Administration Building and ARC.

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