FRANKLIN, Wis. - Milwaukee Pug Fest, billed by organizers as the largest such event in North America, had its best year yet.
The annual gathering in a Milwaukee suburb Sunday attracted more than 1,700 pugs and other smushy-faced dogs along with 2,900 humans from the U.S. and Canada.
Pug Fest founder Rick Kopaczewski says early estimates show more than $40,000 was raised this year to help pay for medical and dental bills for rescued pugs. They've raised about $240,000 since the festival started 9 years ago.
The festival features pug talent and costume contests and pug races.