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PETALUMA (Web Desk) – A 10-year-old mutt whose spinal birth defects left him a bit hunchbacked has won this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest in California.


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Quasi Modo, a pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix, and his owner took the $1,500 prize Friday night, besting 25 other dogs competing in the contest that applauds imperfection.

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Quasi Modo was abandoned at an animal shelter before being adopted by a veterinarian in Loxahatchee, Florida. His owner says some people have mistaken Quasi Modo for a hyena or Tasmanian devil, but his bubbly personality wins them over.

The contest, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California, is in its 27th year.

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The dogs are scored by a three-judge panel in several categories, including special or unusual attributes, personality and natural ugliness.

Holly Chandler kisses Peanut, a mutt who is suspected of being a Chihuahua-Shitzu mix, at The World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 20, 2014. Peanut won the competition and was voted the world's ugliest dog. AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Peanut, a mutt who is suspected of being a Chihuahua-Shitzu mix, at The World’s Ugliest Dog Competition in California on June 20, 2014.–File photo