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Dog abuse survivor becomes a celebrity

Holly Chandler via WCTI 12 News

Some people may call a dog named "Peanut," ugly, or even hideous, but others, after hearing his story, will likely refer to the disfigured mixed-breed dog simply as survivor. On Friday, CBS San Francisco reported that Peanut had been crowned the 2014 “World’s Ugliest Dog” at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif.

The two-year-old dog's guardian, Holly Chandler, of North Carolina, entered Peanut in the contest to help raise awareness about animal abuse...Peanut's unique appearance is the result of having been set on fire by his previous owner. When Peanut was originally discovered after the abuse, he was said to be near death.

According to a press release from the Sonoma-Marin Fair, the abused dog resided at a shelter for nine long months before Chandler met, and fell in love, with him.

Chandler sees past Peanut's physical anomalies - in fact, she thinks that they simply add character. She told KPIX 5 News:

“He’s my baby. I guess I don’t see him every day as being that ugly. But I guess the judges thought so,”

According to the Huffington Post, the 2013 winner of the World's Ugliest Dog contest was a four-year-old beagle, boxer, basset hound mix named "Walle," from Chico, Calif. Walle had been entered at the last minute and was considered to be an "upset winner."

In November 2013, a former World's Ugliest Dog winner passed away. The dog, named Elwood, had won the title in 2007; he passed away on Thanksgiving Day. The former title holder was the inspiration for a children's book, written by his guardian, Karen Quigley, called "Everyone Loves Elwood."

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