CALIFORNIA – Quasi Modo, a 10 year old Pit Bull/Dutch Shepherd, has been crowed the winner of the 2015 World’s Ugliest Dog competition.
The annual event, currently in its 27th year, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair Grounds and Events Center, brings together contest entrants from across the country. The dogs go before a three-judge panel, and are scored based on several categories including their personality, first impressions, natural ugliness and special/unusual attributes.
Each year the judges meet dogs that have been rescued from puppy mills or shelters and have a unique look. Quasi has spinal birth defects, giving her a hunchback look. Abandoned at an animal shelter, Quasi was rescued by a Florida veterinarian. Her biography posted on the contest’s website said:
“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,
Quasi Modo faced some stiff competition, some 25 other dogs, but ultimately came out on top winning the $1,500 prize. Chief Judge Brian Sobel said Quasi “epitomized excellence in ugliness”.
Sweepee Rambo and Frodo, both Chinese Crested Chihuahua crosses, took the second and third prizes respectively.
This year’s competition included the addition of a new “Spirit Award” which was to be given to a dog that has overcome obstacles and/or provided community service. Eight year old Precious, a Chihuahua, fit the bill.
Precious, who is blind in one eye, belongs to a disabled veteran who also suffers from diabetes. She’s is a detection dog, and has been trained to alert her owner of any troubles with blood sugar levels. Precious is definitely deserving of the honor she received.
Hearty congratulations to all entrants and to this year’s winners.
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