Mutt wins World’s Ugliest Dog Contest 2014

Peanut’s owner says the mutt was abused and burned as a puppy; the dog also holds the title of Ugliest dog in his hometown of Greenville, North Carolina.

A 2-year-old mutt named Peanut was crowned World’s Ugliest Dog from a field of 29 competitors at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in Petaluma, California, last night.

The dog, from Greenville, North Carolina, won the title from a panel of three judges. An online-voting portion also found Peanut as the runaway winner, receiving more than twice as many votes as his closest competitor, Quasi Modo.

Quasi Modo, from Loxahatchee, Florida, gave Peanut a run for his money. (Photo credit: Josh Edelson, AFP/Getty Images)

Peanut’s energetic nature belies his tragic past. As a puppy, he was subject to horrific abuse, and was burned on parts of his body. The pooch spent 9 months in a shelter before he was adopted.

His owner, Holly Chandler, 26, intends to use the $1,500 prize to help pay veterinarian bills of other dogs.

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

In the past, the title has frequently gone to Chinese Cresteds; this is the second year in a row, however, a mutt has taken the title, as Peanut is believed to be of ChihuahuaShih Tzu heritage. Walle, a BeagleBassetBoxer, won first prize in 2013.

Sources: AP, The Press Democrat, Mail Online, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds