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The World's Ugliest Dog Contest (Video)

| by Michael Allen

27 homely pooches are competing in the World's Ugliest Dog contest tonight at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California.

Last year's winner was a rescued dog named Peanut (pictured) reported ABC News (video below).

The Associated Press reports that the contestants include Quasi Modo, a pit bull-Dutch shepherd mutt, and Morris, who resembles a pig.

Quasi Modo won second place last year, is the front-runner this year, but is more unusual than ugly.

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His Florida owners told WPTV in 2014 that they think of him as half a dog because he is missing some vertebrae (video below).

Dogs (and their owners) have come from across the country to win the $1500 prize.

Lest this sound too cruel, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds website says there is also a "Spirit Award" that is given to a "dog and owner who have overcome obstacles and/or are providing service to the community based on the dog’s biography."

Many of the canines have faced hard times from puppy mills and abusive owners.

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You don't have to go to California to vote, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds website allows you to get a look at the contestants (if you dare) and vote online.

Sources: Associated PressSonoma-Marin Fairgrounds 1, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds 2, ABC News, WPTV
Image Credit: ABC News Screenshot