Hunchback mutt 'Quasi Modo' is crowned World's Ugliest Dog THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Saturday, June 27, 2015, 1:52 AM A Quasi Modo wins top honors in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday in Petaluma, Calif. Quasi Modo's owners, who travelled from Florida to compete, will receive $1,500. PETALUMA, Calif. — A 10-year-old mutt whose spinal birth defects left him a bit hunchbacked is the winner of this year's World's Ugliest Dog contest. Entrant smiles for the camera at the World's Ugliest Dog contest. Quasi Modo, a pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix, and his owner took the $1,500 prize Friday night, besting 25 other dogs competing in the contest that applauds imperfection. Quasi Modo was abandoned at an animal shelter before being adopted by a veterinarian in Loxahatchee, Fla. His owner says some people have mistaken Quasi Modo for a hyena or Tasmanian devil, but his bubbly personality wins them over. The contest, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California, is in its 27th year. The dogs are scored by a three-judge panel in several categories, including special or unusual attributes, personality and natural ugliness. The 2014 winner was a 2-year-old mutt named Peanut, whose wild white and brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth belie his sweet, energetic personality. Although Peanut is healthy now, his owner, Holly Chandler of Greenville, N.C., says he was seriously burned as a puppy, resulting in bald patches all over his body.