The "World's Ugliest Dog" (AKA Cutest) Crowned

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Any award is a good award, amirite?

Just ask 10-year-old pit/Shepard mix Quasi Modo, the winner of the 27th annual World's Ugliest Dog Competition, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California.

Quasi, who was born with a spinal birth defect, beat out 26 other competitors for the title of Top Dog. According to the pup's biography, she was abandoned at an animal shelter before getting adopted by a family in Loxahatchee, Florida.

"My appearance can be a little unsettling to some (I have had grown men jump on top of their cars to get away from me because they thought I was a hyena or Tasmanian devil)," Quasi's bio reads. "But once they get to know me I win them over with my bubbly personality."

According to a press release distributed by event organizers, contestants are judged in several categories, including: first impression, unusual attributes, natural ugliness, personality, and audience impression.

Quasi (and her owners) will receive $1,500 in prize money, and are set to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live in the upcoming days. As for the second place winner?

A Chinese Crested Chihuahua mix named Sweepee Rambo took home the honor:
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Third prize also went to a Chinese Crested Chihuahua mix named Frodo:
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Lastly, the spirit award went to a Chihuahua called Precious, who is blind in one eye:
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Congrats to all of the winners! We hope you enjoy some nice big steaks tonight to celebrate!
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