PETALUMA, Calif. — A North Carolina rescue pooch named Peanut has been crowned the “World’s Ugliest Dog.”
The 2-year-old mutt from Greenville took first place at the annual competition Friday in Petaluma, Calif.
Peanut’s owner, Holly Chandler, said she wanted to enter the dog in the contest to raise awareness of animal abuse.
Chandler said Peanut was set on fire by his previous owner. Someone apparently found him, barely alive and took him to the vet.
He spent nine months there, unwanted, until Holly Chandler adopted him back in July.
Chandler said his eyelids and lips were burned and he can’t close his eyes. She said some of his hair will not grow back.
“He looks like Spike from the Gremlins,” Chandler said.
Chandler and Peanut took home a 4-foot trophy and a $1,500 prize. Chandler said she plans to use the prize money to pay for other animals’ veterinary bills.
CNN contributed to this report.