Quasi Modo, a 10-year-old pit bull/Dutch shepherd mixed breed from Florida, has been crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog. He was one of 26 dogs who competed in the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair Friday in California.
The rescue dog was born with a birth defect in his spine. As a result, his body is unusually short, a sight that has caused grown men to freak out, according to his biography.
Quasi Modo’s biography, posted on the contest website, reads, in part:
My appearance can be a little unsettling to some (I have had grown men jump on top of their cars to get away from me because they thought I was a hyena or Tasmanian devil) but once they get to know me I win them over with personality.
He won the judges over and snagged $1,500 for his owner, Virginia Sayre.