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)
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.”