Family comedy. It's Christmas time in 1930s Pittsburgh and motherless, 12-year-old Emma O'Conner (Jordan-Claire Green) has been sent to her Aunt Delores (Bonita Friedericy) in Doverville. On arrival, Emma finds herself unwelcomed by Delores and caught in the middle of a war over dogs. On one side is Mayor Nobel Doyle (Richard Riehle) and the Town Council who are determined to maintain the 'No Dogs Allowed' law of Doverville. On the other side is Cathy Stevens (Susan Wood) 'The Dog Lady', who has been taking in people's dogs from all over the country as they can no longer afford to keep them. With the help of her school mates and over 60 dogs Emma attempts to win over the Mayor and the citizens of Doverville by staging a festive performance 'The Twelve Dogs Of Christmas'.