‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ crowned in California

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Quasi Modo 2015 World's Ugliest Dog (Photo Credit: www.Sonoma-MarinFair.org)

PETALUMA, Calif.,–A 10-year-old mutt from Florida has been crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog.

Quasi Modo, a pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix, beat out 25 other candidates on Friday for the top prize of $1,500 and the title of World’s Ugliest Dog 2015.

The hunchbacked hound was abandoned at an animal shelter before being adopted by a veterinarian in Loxahatchee, Florida, according to the dog’s online biography.

“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 bio said.

The contest is held every year at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California. The competing canines are judged on first impressions, unique features, personality and audience reaction.