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World's Ugliest Dog

It's that time of year again when dogs with unusually large heads, hairless bodies and other oddities compete to be the World's Ugliest Dog. This year's winner? A 2-year-old mutt named Peanut, whose wild white and brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth belie his sweet, energetic personality. Peanut's owner, Holly Chandler of Greenville, North Carolina, says he was seriously burned as a puppy and she wants to use her pet to raise awareness about animal abuse. 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, is in its 26 year. The dogs are scored by a three-judge panel in several categories, including special or unusual attributes, personality and natural ugliness.
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24 Jun 2014 10:04:00
Ugly dog contestants Sweepee Rambo and owner Jason Wurtz celebrate in winning the 2016 World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, USA, 24 June 2016. (Photo by Peter Dasilva/EPA)

Ugly dog contestants Sweepee Rambo and owner Jason Wurtz celebrate in winning the 2016 World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, USA, 24 June 2016. (Photo by Peter Dasilva/EPA)
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26 Jun 2016 13:40:00


A dog named Yoda looks on during the 23rd Annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair on June 24, 2011 in Petaluma, California. Yoda won the $1,000 top prize as the world's ugliest dog. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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25 Jun 2011 09:01:00
A dog named Rama surfs a wave off Sydney's Palm Beach with its owner, Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion Chris de Aboitiz (not pictured), February 18, 2016. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

A dog named Rama surfs a wave off Sydney's Palm Beach with its owner, Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion Chris de Aboitiz (not pictured), February 18, 2016. An Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion is using the discipline of surfing as a way of teaching owners to build healthy relationships with man's best friend. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)
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19 Feb 2016 12:45:00
(L-R) Maria Silva, Milena Cortes, Maria Arteaga, Jackeline Bastidas and Gissy Abello pose for a picture at the Famproa dogs shelter where they work, in Los Teques, Venezuela, August 25, 2016. Venezuelans struggling to feed their families let alone their pets are dumping animals on the streets, in parks and at makeshift homes overrun with scrawny animals amid an economic crisis. An hour from Caracas in Los Teques, hundreds of dogs bark and run around the streets scavenging for food outside a makeshift shelter. People come by every few hours to hand over scrawny dogs which are fed by volunteers every day. Venezuela is undergoing a major economic and social crisis, with shortages of basic foods and medicines. Triple digit inflation is hitting everybody hard, including those who own pets. (Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

(L-R) Maria Silva, Milena Cortes, Maria Arteaga, Jackeline Bastidas and Gissy Abello pose for a picture at the Famproa dogs shelter where they work, in Los Teques, Venezuela, August 25, 2016. Venezuelans struggling to feed their families let alone their pets are dumping animals on the streets, in parks and at makeshift homes overrun with scrawny animals amid an economic crisis. An hour from Caracas in Los Teques, hundreds of dogs bark and run around the streets scavenging for food outside a makeshift shelter. (Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)
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08 Sep 2016 10:01:00
Dogs pose for a photo in the likeness of a photo time line of Face Book during the “Blocao” dog carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, February 14, 2015. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo)

Dogs pose for a photo in the likeness of a photo time line of Face Book during the “Blocao” dog carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, February 14, 2015. (Photo by Silvia Izquierdo/AP Photo)
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16 Feb 2015 12:34:00
A reveller holds her dog dressed in costume, during the Rio Dog Carnival, known as the Blocao – with “bloco” meaning street party and “cao” dog, during pre- carnival celebrations at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 19, 2017. (Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP Photo)

A reveller holds her dog dressed in costume, during the Rio Dog Carnival, known as the Blocao – with “bloco” meaning street party and “cao” dog, during pre- carnival celebrations at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 19, 2017. (Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP Photo)
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22 Feb 2017 00:05:00
Three pugs peer out from a car window in Los Angeles, California. A wacky photographer has come up with an unusual pet project – snapping ecstatic dogs as they hang their heads out of car windows. Lara Jo Regan, 48, embarked on the odd task for her new 2014 calendar “Dogs In Cars”. The unusual shoot, which took place in Los Angeles, California, aimed to explore the joy experienced by pugs and huskies when a breeze hits their faces. (Photo by Lara Jo Regan/Barcroft Media)

Three pugs peer out from a car window in Los Angeles, California. A wacky photographer has come up with an unusual pet project – snapping ecstatic dogs as they hang their heads out of car windows. Lara Jo Regan, 48, embarked on the odd task for her new 2014 calendar “Dogs In Cars”. The unusual shoot, which took place in Los Angeles, California, aimed to explore the joy experienced by pugs and huskies when a breeze hits their faces. (Photo by Lara Jo Regan/Barcroft Media)
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13 Apr 2014 08:12:00