Quasi Modo, a 10-year-old mutt, was crowned this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog. The contest was held Friday night at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California.
The pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix -- whose spinal birth defect left him a little hunchbacked -- and his owner reportedly received $1,500 prize at the contest, which is in its 27th year.
"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’s biography said, according to the contest’s website.
Quasi Modo was abandoned at an animal shelter because of his “strange looks” and was later adopted by a veterinarian in Loxahatchee, Florida, according to his biography.
Twenty-four dogs, including Quasi Modo, participated in the contest and the winner was decided by a three-judge panel. The dogs are scored on their imperfections, and several categories, including natural ugliness or unusual attributes.
Sweepee Rambo and Frodo -- two Chinese crested Chihuahua mixes -- took the second and the third prizes in the contest, respectively.