De­formed mutt crowned World’s Ugli­est Dog

The China Post - - LIFE -

A 10-year-old mutt named Quasi Modo, whose spinal birth de­fects left him a bit hunch­backed, is the win­ner of this year’s World’s Ugli­est Dog con­test.

The pit bull-Dutch shep­herd mix and his owner took the US$1,500 prize Fri­day night, best­ing 25 other dogs com­pet­ing in the con­test that ap­plauds im­per­fec­tion, or­ga­niz­ers said.

Quasi Modo was aban­doned at an an­i­mal shel­ter be­fore be­ing adopted by a vet­eri­nar­ian in Lox­a­hatchee, Florida, ac­cord­ing to his bi­og­ra­phy posted on the con­test’s web­site.

“My ap­pear­ance can be a lit­tle un­set­tling to some (I have had grown men jump on top of their cars to get away from me be­cause they thought I was a hyena or Tas­ma­nian devil) but once they get to know me I win them over with my bub­bly per­son­al­ity,” his bi­og­ra­phy said.

Two Chi­nese crested and Chi­huahua mixes named Sweepee Rambo and Frodo took the sec­ond- and third-place prizes, re­spec­tively.

An 8- year- old Chi­huahua named Pre­cious re­ceived the “spirit award,” honor­ing a dog and owner who have over­come ob­sta­cles and/or are pro­vid­ing ser­vice to the com­mu­nity. Pre­cious, who is blind in one eye, is trained to mon­i­tor smells re­lated to low blood sugar lev­els and alert her owner, a dis­abled vet­eran, of the prob­lem, her bi­og­ra­phy said.

The con­test, held at the Sonoma- Marin Fair­grounds in Pe­taluma, Cal­i­for­nia, is in its 27th year.

The dogs are scored by a three­judge panel in sev­eral cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing spe­cial or un­usual at­tributes, per­son­al­ity and nat­u­ral ug­li­ness.

AP

Quasi Modo wins top hon­ors in the World’s Ugli­est Dog Con­test at the Sono­maMarin Fairin Pe­taluma, Cal­i­for­nia on Fri­day, June 26.

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