The trophy was 15 times bigger than Yoda.
Her dog mom, Terry Schumacher, of Hanford, Calif., sent an email to the Hanford Sentinel with the sad news that Yoda had died in her sleep.
Yoda had a rough start in life. According to a Sonoma-Marin Fair press release, Schumacher’s 2-year-old daughter found the tiny dog in a field 14 years ago.
“I told her to put it down because I thought it was a rat,” Schumacher recalled.
Vicki DeArmon, producer of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest, told the Associated Press that Yoda will hold onto the honor until a new winner is selected in June.
“I will miss her funny little ways!” Schumacher wrote in the email. “But comforted knowing she will be joining my Mom and Dad, who loved her so much! Her memories will live on forever!!!”