2014 World’s Ugliest Dog a ‘poster child’ showing outcome of animal abuse, owner says

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The annual competition to find the most unsightly dog has wrapped up for another year.

The 2014 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest was held in California over the weekend and nearly three dozen dogs and their proud owners competed for the title.

According to ABC News a two-year-old dog named Peanut claimed this year’s title for World’s Ugliest Dog. Physically he is described as a mutt with wild white and brown hair, protruding eyes and teeth, but his personality is described as sweet and energetic.

Dogs in the competition are judged on unusual attributes, personality, and natural ugliness, reported ABC News.

Peanut’s owner, Holly Chandler from North Carolina said although he is healthy today, the dog suffered severe burns as a puppy, which left bald patches all over his body, according to the report. Chandler says she hopes Peanut’s new title will help raise awareness about animal abuse.

“We’re trying to use him as a poster child for what can happen to animals who are abused,” Chandler said, according to ABC News.

Peanut’s victory came with a $1,500 prize which his owner says will be used to pay for other animals’ vet bills.

Peanut, winner of 2014 World's Ugliest Dog, photo from Sonoma-Marin Fair's website