PHOTOS Dog day in Bolivia: Church honors patron saint of canines

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Dog day in Bolivia: Church honors patron saint of canines

AP

09:49, August 18, 2018

Catholic Priest Justino Limachi blesses dogs by sprinkling them with holy water after a Mass at the parish of Villa Adela to celebrate the feast of San Roque, the patron saint of dogs, in El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Every Aug. 16, the church holds he feast of San Roque, or Saint Roch, who legend has it was a 14th century French noble who traveled to Italy to care for plague victims.[Photo: AP/Juan Karita]

A dog in costume is held still by children during a Catholic Mass to celebrate the feast of San Roque, the patron saint of dogs, in El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. [Photo: AP/Juan Karita]

A dog owner and her pet, in matching costumes, attend Catholic Mass that celebrates the feast of San Roque, the patron saint of dogs, in El Alto, Bolivia, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. [Photo: AP/Juan Karita]

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