HUNDREDS of people turned up for a fun day of entertainment in aid of a dog charity in Ringwood.

Happy Dogs, which was established 23 years ago, hosted the event at Kingston Fields.

It included stalls, activities for children, a dog agility area and the eagerly anticipated dog show.

Trustee Jac Williams said although the occasion was a happy one, it was also poignant as it came just six weeks after the death of Ted Williams, husband of founder Lyn Williams.

“It was the 20th time we have held the dog show,” she said.

“We had 22 different classes, which included handsomest boy, and owner and dog most alike.”

A special prize named after the late Mr Williams for best rescue dog was awarded to a lurcher called Isis.

“It is all a bit of fun,” said Jac. “We are a charity that focuses on the family, which the dog is very much a part of.”

Jac said the money raised will provide crucial help, with vet bills often running up to £6,000 a month and a plethora of new rescue dogs coming in all the time.