Although Peanut is healthy now, his owner, Holly Chandler of Greenville, North Carolina, says he was seriously burned as a puppy, resulting in bald patches all over his body.

She hopes Peanut’s victory will help raise awareness about animal abuse. “We’re trying to use him as a poster child for what can happen to animals who are abused,” she said. She plans to use the $1,500 prize to pay for other animals’ veterinary bills.

The contest, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California scores dogs in several categories, including special attributes, personality and natural ugliness.

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


The winners in previous years include a duckfooted beagle, boxer and basset hound mix with a waddle, a Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix with a protruding tongue and short tufts of hair and a Chihuahua with a missing eye and a camel's back.

(JPN-Midday)

Latest News from Lifestyle News Desk