Dog costume contest at Fall Fest - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Area dogs strut stuff at Fall Fest

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Lake Area dogs were strutting their stuff at the 4th annual Dogoween Costume Contest. Dogs of all sizes were dressed in costumes ranging from barnyard animals to insects and some unlikely characters.  

Sheila Ahlgrim owns "April" an English Bulldog who was dressed up as Dorothy from the "Wizard of Oz" - ruby slippers and all. 

"She loves dressing up. We've been dressing her up since she was a puppy," said Ahlgrim.  

Diana Phillips bright her weanie dog "Jackson." 

"Jackson is a caterpillar. He likes the attention of walking around in it plus it keeps him warm," said Phillips. 

Debbie Hoffpauir's Yorkie "Baby Girl" is dressed as a manicurist and is ready to give "pet-icures." 

"This is the third year we have entered the contest. We have such a great time doing it and being with other dog lovers," said Hoffpauir. 

The event is also raising awareness about the importance of pet adoption. Local dog shelter 4 Paws Society was also there with dogs that need good homes.  

"We are a no kill shelter and have all kinds of breeds up for adoption. We just want people to know there are so many dogs out there who need a place to call home," said Kelly Jeffers, 4 Paws Society.  

Cumulus Broadcasting sponsored the event. Tonight at on 7 News at Six see all the costumed pooches take the stage and which three took home the top prizes.

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