Keep Your Dogs in a Row

For National Dog Day (August 26), we've been collecting records from each state's most populous city, finding the most common dog names across the country. Here is where we are keeping our dog licensing data on a leash. Of course, dog names reveal more information about the owners than the proper dogs. What we find may or may not be what we were looking for.

So far, we have completed requests for:

Denver, Colorado

Boise, Idaho

Chicago, Illinois

Boston, Massachusetts

Albuquerque, New Mexico

New York City, New York

Las Vegas, Nevada

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Burlington, Vermont

Los Angeles, California

Charlotte, North Carolina

Newark, New Jersey (Dog names not included)

4 Articles

Boston is a city for the dogs

MuckRock’s been requesting registered dog data from towns across the country. In honor of National Dog Day, we took a peek at the prevalence of puppies in our home town.

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The fat cats of Kansas and Minnesota are holding dog registration data ransom

As a little experiment in transparency, MuckRock set out to file for pet licensing data for the most populous city in each state. After waiting a month for Wichita, Kansas and 11 days for Minneapolis, Minnesota we expected to find purr-fectly aligned rows and columns filled with dog names - instead, the cat overlords struck again, and we were met with a combined fee of over $100. You cat to be kitten me.

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Florida’s cat overlords deny access to dog registration data

As a little experiment in transparency, MuckRock set out to file for pet licensing data for the most populous city in each state. The response from Jacksonville, Florida will have you wondering whether or not the state statutes are really protecting their citizen’s privacy, or - the more logical conclusion - serving the whims of their cat overlords.

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The Dog Data of New York

Among the 8.5 millions humans of New York City, there sure are a lot of dogs. And according to recently released pet registration data, if you were to pick one at random, it’s most likely that it would be a Yorkshire Terrier named Max, living on the Upper West Side. Find out what are the most popular names and breeds of each of the boroughs, and where a Peruvian Inca Orchid named “Fabio Texas” calls home.

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57 Requests

No Responsive Documents

Atlanta, GA Pet Licensing

Cynthia Fernandez sent this request to the Atlanta Custodian of Records of Atlanta, GA

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Baltimore, MD Pet Licensing

Cynthia Fernandez sent this request to the Baltimore City Law Department of Baltimore, MD

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Baltimore, MD Pet Licensing

Cynthia Fernandez sent this request to the Baltimore City Law Department of Baltimore, MD

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Billings, MT Pet Licensing

Cynthia Fernandez sent this request to the City of Billings, City Clerk of Billings, MT

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Charleston, SC Pet Licensing Data

Cynthia Fernandez sent this request to the City of Charleston of Charleston, SC

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Cheyenne, WY Pet Licensing Data

Cynthia Fernandez sent this request to the Cheyenne City Clerk of Cheyenne, WY

No Responsive Documents

1 file

Detroit, MI Pet Licensing Data

Cynthia Fernandez sent this request to the Detroit City Clerk of Detroit, MI

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Dog Liscensing Data

Cynthia Fernandez sent this request to the Birmingham City Clerk of Birmingham, AL

Awaiting Response

3 files

Jackson, MS Pet Licensing

Cynthia Fernandez sent this request to the Jackson City Clerk of Jackson, MS

Awaiting Acknowledgement

Kansas City, MO Pet Licensing

Cynthia Fernandez sent this request to the Kansas City Public Records of Kansas City, MO

Completed

4 files

Newark, NJ Pet Licensing

Cynthia Fernandez sent this request to the City Clerk of Newark, NJ

Fix Required

1 file

Omaha, NE Pet Licensing

Cynthia Fernandez sent this request to the Omaha Humane Society of Omaha, NE

Completed

1 file

Pet licensing data for Camden

Curtis Raye sent this request to the Town Clerk of Camden, ME

Rejected

Phoenix, AZ Pet Licensing

Cynthia Fernandez sent this request to the City Clerk of Phoenix, AZ

Payment Required

2 files

Wichita, KS Pet Licensing

Cynthia Fernandez sent this request to the Wichita City Clerk of Wichita, KS