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'Howl-a-Ween' comes early for fashionable dogs

Rochester's inaugural Howl-a-Ween dog costume contest attracted 15 canine contestants on Saturday.

Organized as a benefit for Paws and Claws Humane Society, dog owners were encouraged to bring their decked-out pooches to Cooke Park for some friendly canine competition.

Four judges rated the 15 contestants on creativity, effort, scare-factor and overall appeal. Prizes were awarded to the three dogs whose costumes were deemed most creative, scariest and, of course, a grand-prize winner.

Proceeds from this event were donated to the Paws and Claws Emergency Care Fund, which assists animals with critical injuries or illnesses.

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