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Costumed dogs strut down streets of Belmont Shore

October 31, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Hundreds of costumed dogs and their owners strutted down the street in Belmont Shore in Long Beach for Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade on Sunday.

The winner of the costume contest, 3-year-old papillon Pomeranian named Sampson, took home a year's worth of dog food. Sampson was dressed as a reindeer.

The event also featured a pet adoption fair, bulldog kissing booth and "bobbing for howl-oweenies."

The annual parade raised money for spay-and-neuter programs, adoption groups and beach cleanups. They attempted to set a world record for the most costumed dogs in a parade, but it was unclear if the record was broken on Sunday.

Event organizer Justin Rudd said more than 500 dogs were registered.

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