PETALUMA, CA (AP) – A 10-year-old mutt whose spinal birth defects left her a bit hunchbacked is the winner of this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest.
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Quasi Modo, a pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix, and her owner took the $1,500 prize Friday night, besting 25 other dogs competing in the contest that applauds imperfection.
Quasi Modo was abandoned at an animal shelter before being adopted by a veterinarian in Loxahatchee, Florida. Her owner says some people have mistaken Quasi Modo for a hyena or Tasmanian devil, but her bubbly personality wins them over.
The contest, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California, is in its 27th year. The dogs are scored by a three-judge panel in several categories, including special or unusual attributes, personality and natural ugliness.