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Dog named Mugly wins World’s Ugliest Dog contest

Suzanne Martholds up her Chinese crested dog Handsome HectorMugly Chinese crested dog owned by Bev NicholsPeterborough Englwtitle 'World's Ugliest Dog'

Suzanne Marta holds up her Chinese crested dog, Handsome Hector,Mugly, a Chinese crested dog, owned by Bev Nicholson of Peterborough, England won the title of "World's Ugliest Dog" at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, on Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Beth Schlanker, The Press Democrat)

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PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — The winner of this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest is a dog named Mugly, an 8-year-old Chinese Crested from the United Kingdom.

Competing for fame, $1,000 and a year’s worth of dog cookies at the annual event held at Marin-Sonoma Fairgrounds in Petaluma, Mugly was named the world’s ugliest dog Friday night, beating out 28 other ugly dogs from around the world.

Mugly is described as a rescue dog who “has had hard times and was viciously attacked in a park by a group of thugs.”

Besides the cash and dog cookies, Mugly will also be invited for a photo shoot and will receive a VIP stay at the Sheraton Petaluma.

Organizers say the competing dogs are judged for what they term their “natural ugliness in both pedigree and mutt classes.”

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