NC mayor declares ‘Peanut Appreciation Day’ in honor of ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ winner

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Peanut and owner Holly Chandler.

GREENVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina mayor has declared Saturday to be “Peanut Appreciation Day,” in honor of a pooch that was crowned the “World’s Ugliest Dog.”

WCTI-TV reported that Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas made the proclamation to honor Peanut’s big win from earlier this year.

The 2-year-old rescue mutt from Greenville took first place at the annual competition in Petaluma, Calif. back in June.

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.

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