This year, as they have done annually since the dawn of time, the judgmental humans of California’s Sonoma-Marin Fair crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog. 2014’s winner is Peanut, a 2-year-old North Carolina mutt (obviously) who beat out 29 other weirdos with his “wild white and brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth,” as the AP put it.
Peanut’s owner, Holly Chandler, said that the little champion was also “seriously burned” as a puppy. He spent nine months in a shelter before she rescued him. “We’re trying to use him as a poster child for what can happen to animals who are abused,” Chandler explained. The dog — who is said to have a “sweet, energetic personality” — will receive a $1,500 prize to to pay for veterinary bills. Here’s another shot:
While we’re happy for Peanut, this seems like a good time to mention that this contest can be a little confusing to observers, since all dogs are cute.