Real Dog Moms of Chicago, an organization that plans events benefitting local shelters, awarded foster dog Sparkle first place in the “Decorate Your Dog” contest earlier this month.

Sparkle’s foster mom Ann Farrell, an Oak Park Public Library staffer, began taking care of the dog in September through Starfish Animal Rescue, located in Plainfield. 

Formerly named Scarlett, Sparkle was removed from an abusive situation in Kentucky, where the dog had been beaten with a two-by-four. 

She now lives in the lap of luxury, with four different beds for her to sleep in. Sparkle is also cultivating a glamorous wardrobe; she has two hats and four pairs of shoes.

The winning pup received a $50 Amazon gift card and a $50 donation to Starfish Animal Rescue. 

Stacey Sheridan 

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