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Hip dogs get a downtown L.A. dog party called Dog Day Afternoon

July 27, 2010 | 12:45 pm

Hundreds of the city's hippest dogs are getting together for a party Tuesday night. The location? Downtown, of course.

The invitation to downtown's fourth annual Dog Day Afternoon kindly requests the company of dogs "of all shapes, sizes and faiths" -- with two caveats:

First, the party is exclusively for the dogs of downtown residents. Second, admittance will be granted to "social dogs only, please."

The Downtown Center Business Improvement District, which is organizing the event, expects up to 500 dogs and 800 of their owners to attend the party on the plaza at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. There will be food and drink (for both man and dog) as well as pet photographers snapping portraits.

The party comes in the midst of neighborhood grumbles about the proliferation of dogs in the city's central core.

As the human population has soared over the last decade -- more than doubling since 2000 -- relaxed pet policies in downtown loft buildings have drawn legions of pooches. According to the business improvement district, about 40% of downtown residents own dogs.

Because there is little green space in downtown's grid of high-rises, lofts, factories and parking lots, many downtown dogs never get to play in dirt or run in the grass. And, much to the chagrin of some store owners, many leave their mark on sidewalks and stoops.

But on Tuesday, the dogs will be celebrated.

The party lasts from 6  to 9 p.m. The night's official host is Joaquin, the black Labrador of Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik.

-- Kate Linthicum