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Winner World’s Ugliest Dog Passes Away

The title winner of the 2008 World's Ugliest Dog Contest may not have been appealing to some, but to Gus's folks there wasn't a more...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Nov 11th 2008


The title winner of the 2008 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest may not have been appealing to some, but to Gus’s folks there wasn’t a more beautiful dog out there.

They had rescued him from life in a crate in someone’s garage.

GULFPORT, Fla. – A one-eyed, three-legged dog that won the title of world’s ugliest pooch this summer has died. The St. Petersburg Times in Florida reports that Gus, a Chinese crested dog, had cancer. He was 9. Gus was rescued from a bad home and went on to win the annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in northern California.

Gus’s owner used the prize money for radiation to fight the cancer. Although Gus ultimately lost his battle, he taught a lot of people along the way that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.

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