City launches contest to encourage pet registration

January 4, 2012 3:12:39 PM PST
A citywide search is under way in Chicago for a dog of distinction. Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza is launching the contest to encourage pet registration.

Mendoza stressed that city law requires registration and enforcement of that law will be stepped up. Violators can be fined up to$200. She is also promoting pet adoption, and some adoptable dogs were there.

Registered dogs are eligible for prizes, including a dog tag valued at $2,000. It has blue topaz and rubies in the design of Chicago's flag.

"Anyone who regsiters their dog with - or by coming in to any one of our satellite offices or City Hall - from now until the end of March will be automatically entered into the Dog of Distinction campaign," said Mendoza.

Clerk Mendoza said registration benefits include increased chances that a lost pet will be re-united with its owner and verification that the dog has had required rabies shots.