June 26, 2009

Contest seeks to crown world’s ugliest dog

Organizers of this year's World's Ugliest Dog Contest in California said this year's entries include 15 aesthetically challenged canines.

The contestants include 2002 champion Rascal, a purebred Chinese Crested from Sunnyvale, Calif., and other returning contenders Princess Chelsea of Fairfield, Calif., and Reggie and Veronica of Phoenix.

Newcomers to the contest include a Pleasanton, Calif., Shar Pei named Mojo; a boxer named Pabst from Citrus Heights, Calif; a Santa Rosa, Calif., German shepherd mix named Winston; and a Chinese Pug named Kaiya from Santa Rosa.

The winner of the contest, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday in Petaluma, will go home with a $1,000 prize, a trophy, a prize package of canine accessories and a one year modeling contract with high-end retailer House of Dog. The contest will be filmed by cable network Animal Planet for its Dogs 101 segment.