The 8-year-old Chinese Crested with beady eyes and wiry white whiskers was awarded the dubious honor of World’s Ugliest Dog at the 24th annual contest held in Petaluma, Calif., on Friday.
“I couldn’t speak when they announced Mugly’s name,” his dog mom, Bev Nicholson, said in a news release. “I didn’t know which way to look. I was shaking as much as the dog.”
Along with a trophy, Mugly received a $1,000 cash prize from the Sonoma-Marin Fair. He also gets a photo shoot, a VIP stay at a local dog-friendly hotel and a year’s supply of dog cookies.
The tiny pooch from the UK had a rough start in life. According to the Sonoma-Marin Fair website, the rescue dog was “viciously attacked in a park by a group of thugs a couple of years ago.” Mugly now works with children as a therapy dog, and raises money for rescue charities via online dog pageants.
Among the 29 competitors in this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest were homely hounds with unfortunate names like Creature, Rue, Icky, Spam-O-Rama and Mouse.
PHOTO: Mugly’s Facebook Page