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Milwaukee Pug Fest attracts 1,700 dogs

Published On: May 20 2013 03:27:02 PM CDT
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FRANKLIN, Wis. -

This year's Milwaukee Pug Fest, billed by organizers as the largest event of its kind in North America, had its best year yet.

The annual festival in the Milwaukee suburb of Franklin attracted more than 1,700 pugs and other smushed faced dogs along with almost 3,000 people from the United States and Canada.

Pug Fest founder Rick Kopaczewski said early estimates show more than $40,000 was raised to help pay for medical and dental bills for rescued pugs. The event has a nine year running total of $240,000. 

Kopaczewski said attendance has jumped after they started using Facebook to reach more pug owners. The festival features talent and costume contests as well as pug races. 

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