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Mar 13, 2013 1:25 PM by Faye DeHoff

Does Tucson's 'top dog' have Pima County's 'top dogs'?

TUCSON - Elections and campaigns might be old hat for Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, but his pooches, Tyrone and Tillie Rothschild, don't think he should have all the fun.

Both have entered Pima County's Poster Dog contest, designed to find the dog that will be the best "spokesdog" for a new dog licensing campaign in the coming year.

Tyrone, the photogenic Pekingese, has a bit of wanderlust in his soul. If he's ever successful in using his mad skills to break out of the constraints of his midtown back yard, at least he'll have his license to help the staff at Pima Animal Care Center return him to his home. Tillie, a rather rotund little Dachshund, is getting to an age where she really needs her routine veterinarian care. Thanks to licensing, her busy owners get a reminder to make sure she stays up to date on her shots.

Licensing isn't just the law for dogs once they reach three months of age. The annual
fee, which is just $15 for a dog that has been spayed or neutered, helps Pima Animal
Care Center fund services such as sheltering abandoned pets and protecting
neighborhoods.

If you think your dogs are strong enough candidates to give Tillie and Tyrone a run,
email a photo of your LICENSED dog to posterdog@pima.gov by midnight on March 18.
Please include a few words about why your pet should be considered.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department will narrow the field to five finalists and the
community will then vote to determine the winning entry from the finalists.

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