GREENVILLE, N.C. – A North Carolina woman wants to enter her dog in the “World’s Ugliest Dog” contest to raise awareness of animal abuse.
WCTI reported that Holly Chandler wants to enter Peanut in the “World’s Ugliest Dog” contest in California next month.
Peanut has already been named the ugliest dog in Greenville, North Carolina.
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 said she is hoping to enter him into the World’s Ugliest Dog contest for one reason.
“I’m not doing this not because he’s ugly,” she said. “It’s a huge platform to spread his story and raise awareness for animal abuse and this is what can happened.”
The World’s Ugliest Dogs Contest require they be naturally ugly, but the organizers said they have taken rescue pets with stories like Peanut’s in the past and will consider letting him compete.