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Monday, June 23, 2008

World's Ugliest Dog Contest

Gus, winner of the world's ugliest dog contest
Gus's owners say they plan to spend the prize money on cancer treatment

A three-legged, one-eyed, cancer-afflicted dog named Gus has been crowned the World's Ugliest Dog at a fair in California.

Gus, a Chinese Crested dog, beat allcomers to take the title at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

Owner Jeanenne Teed, from Florida, said she would spend the $1,600 prize on treatment for Gus's skin cancer.

The competition has been running for 20 years, and is one of the fair's top attractions, organisers said.

Vicki DeArmon, marketing director of the fair, said that in the past few years, winners had been dogs that had been abandoned or neglected before being adopted by dog-lovers.

Jeanenne Teed and Gus

"They may look hard to love, but apparently they are not. I've never seen dogs better cared for," she added.

Gus was rescued from a bad home.

One of his legs was amputated as a consequence of his skin tumour.

He lost an eye to a tomcat in a fight.

Ugliest dog show


Heather Peoples of Phoenix, Arizona holds her Chinese Crested dog named Archie

Twelve contenders vied for the title of the World¢s Ugliest Dog at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, in California.

Three dogs mingle before the start of the competition

Organisers said winners were often animals that had been abandoned or neglected before being adopted by people who love dogs.

Close up of competitor

In this, the 20th year of the contest - there was fierce competition.

Dog entered into the competition

A popular look seemed to involve a lolling tongue, offset by flyaway strands of hair.

Model and TV host Beth Ostrosky (L) kisses a Chinese Crested dog named Rascal

Chinese Crested dogs dominated the line-up.

Jeanenne Teed of St. Petersburg, Florida celebrates with Gus

The overall winner was a Chinese Crested named Gus - a three-legged, one-eyed cancer sufferer.

Close up of the winner, Gus

His owners plan to use their prize money to pay for Gus to have cancer treatment.



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