World’s Ugliest Dog – Gus!
A Chinese Crested took the top, or bottom, prize again this year for World’s Ugliest Dog. Gus, 3 legs, one eye, skin cancer and tuft of hair on the top of his head, was crowned this year’s winner Saturday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Northern California.
Owner, Jeanenne Teed, brought Gus all the way from St. Petersburg, Fl to compete for the honor. He competed against 11 other dogs from all over the U.S., winning in the pedigree-class category and then going on to triumph in the overall competition.
He took home two trophies and $1,600 in prize money, which his owners are going to put toward his radiation treatments. Gus has skin cancer, which led to the amputation of one leg. He will be flown to New York to appear on “CBS This Morning.” The contest will be shown on the Animal Planet network in October.
After all the excitement and the prospect of stardom with an appearance on CBS, the top dog was exhausted.
“Well, I think right now he’s ready for a nap,” said Jeanenne.
Most of the dogs who enter the competition, which has been running for 20 years, are rescue animals, according to a spokeswoman. Suffering at the hands of neglectful owners or the claws of other four-legged friends goes a long way to explain their unusual appearance.
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