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The twin cities are going to the dogs this Memorial Day weekend

MONROE, La. - Northeast Louisiana is going to the dogs memorial day weekend!

The Bayou Kennel Club will once again host its annual Cottonland Cluster Dog Show. 

It's an American Kennel Club competition, so it will feature some of the canines who'll appear in the Westminster dog show in New York. 

A portion raised will go to Louisiana State University's Veterinary School and the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office canine unit. 

The sheriff's office says K-9s are vital members of their law enforcement team. 

"The sheriff's office currently has four dogs. Three of them are COSS trained in apprehension and drug detection. We recently added a fourth dog a yellow lab that is trained not only in drug detection but also search and that comes in handy if you have an elderly person that may have left the home, or a child that gets lost or you may be searching for a suspect," says Glenn Springfield, Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office.

The four day show is expected to bring about $580,000 to the twin cities' economy.

The Cottonland Cluster Dog Show will be held at the Monroe Civic Center starting May 25 through May 28, 2018. Doors will open each day starting at 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door.

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