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Pooch parade in Illinois sponsored by Hope Animal Rescue

More than 260 dogs paraded on the streets of Alton, Illinois, some in costume, at the 2nd Mardi Gras Pet Parade on Sunday February 20, according to The Telegraph.

The event was sponsored by the Alton Dog Park Task Force as well as the Hope Animal Rescue group, both of which hope to gain support for a dog park in the city of Alton.

Pet owners brought their own pets while others volunteered to walk or hold animals from the Hope Animal Rescue group.

Cindy Fredricks, one of the participants and a foster care provider for the St. Louis Scottie rescue animal group, brought her Scotties to the event.

"Olli and Foster are 2-year-old males, and Laney is a 6-year-old female that was the product of a puppy mill. I started out fostering them and fell in love and adopted them all," Fredricks told the news source.

According to DogBreedInfo.com, Scottish Terriers love to take walks, are sociable and are "lively, proud, and intelligent, [with] a reliable temperament."

February is National Pet Dental Health Month and the American Veterinary Medical Association reminds all pet owners to brush their pets' teeth on a regular basis.
 
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