Thursday 24 August 2017

Owner's hunch Quasi Modi would win

Quasi Modo celebrates winning top honours in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest (AP)
Quasi Modo celebrates winning top honours in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest (AP)

A 10-year-old mutt whose spinal birth defects left him hunchbacked is the winner of this year's World's Ugliest Dog contest.

Quasi Modo, a pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix, and his owner took the 1,500 dollar (£952) prize, beating 25 other dogs competing in the contest that applauds imperfection.

Quasi Modo was abandoned at an animal shelter before being adopted by a vet 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.

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

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