The first annual Montreal Dog Fest was held along the Lachine Canal Sunday afternoon.

The event brought dog-lovers together for a day of agility courses, trick demonstrations, flyball and of course, puppy kisses.

Event organizers came out against the city's controversial pit bull ban, posting on their Facebook page: "Dog Fest Montreal does not support breed-specific bans or any other measure which would lead to an increase in the euthanizing of innocent animals and family pets. We are dog lovers, first and foremost!" 

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Montreal Dog Fest welcomed pups of all shapes and sizes. (CBC)

The ban, spearheaded by Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, is been indefinitely suspended until there is final ruling on a bylaw challenge put forward by the SPCA.

In the meantime, Dog Fest attendees were invited to get up close and personal with some pit bulls at the kissing booth station.

A portion of money raised at the event went towards Gerdy's Rescues and Adoptions, a Montreal-based animal rescue group devoted to finding homes for abandoned and homeless cats and dogs.