Quasi Modo Wins ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ Title, Is Sure To Turn Heads

Quasi Modo, the winner of this year's "World's Ugliest Dog" contest, looks like half of a dog.

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A birth defect causes Quasi Modo's hunchback appearance. Via sonoma-marinfair.org
A birth defect causes Quasi Modo's hunchback appearance. Via sonoma-marinfair.org

She may have been born with a look only a mother could love, but now her uniqueness is melting hearts across the country.

A Pit Bull-Dutch Shepherd mix named Quasi Modo was crowned the 2015 World’s Ugliest Dog Friday at this year’s Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California. The short-spined dog from Loxahatcheee, Florida, beat out 26 other “ugly” dogs during the 27th year for the international contest.

And the winner is! Via Facebook

And the winner is Quasi Modo! Via Sonoma-Marin Fair/Facebook

“Facially she’s quite beautiful,” ABC News’ Nick Watt, a judge in the contest, explained during Quasi Modo’s appearance today on Good Morning America. “The side view is obviously kind of ridiculous. She’s half a dog.”

Quasi Modo was born with missing vertebrae, causing the hunchback appearance — not unlike a hyena — and was reportedly rescued by her owners from a Florida shelter.

“Quasi just stood out,” Watt added. “This dog is going to turn heads.”

Quasi Modo’s owner will take home a check for $1,500 along with smaller cash prizes and gifts, according to the fair’s website. The peculiar pooch, who was originally thought to be a male by contest officials, will participate in media tours in San Francisco and New York and receive a mutt makeover on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Quasi Modo on her media tour after winning this year's Ugliest Dog title. Via ABC News

Quasi Modo on her media tour after winning this year’s Ugliest Dog title. Via ABC News

A Chinese Crested mix and a Chihuahua mix took the second- and third-place prizes, respectively. The first ever Spirit Award was presented to Precious, an 8-year-old Chihuahua from Petaluma, for visiting disabled veterans with her owner.

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