Jefferson County, Co. – David Lopez, a 5th grader at Mortenson Elementary in Littleton, was named grand prize winner of the 22nd annual Be Kind to Animals Week poster contest. The contest was hosted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control section in conjunction with national Be Kind to Animals Week.
Judges from Animal Control, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Foothills Animal Shelter judged more than 2,000 entries on creativity, artistry and message. First, second and third prizes were awarded in each participating classroom, and judges selected David’s poster as “best in show” from among the first place winners.
David’s poster features a dog named Spike expectantly holding his leash, with a message about the importance of walking your dog to keep him healthy.
Sheriff Ted Mink will present David with his award on Thursday, May 12 at 2 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Office semi-annual exemplary awards ceremony at the Jefferson County Administration and Courts Building. In addition to receiving a plaque from the Sheriff’s Office, David will receive a large gift basket of pet toys courtesy of The Kong Company.