World’s Ugliest Dog loses Cancer fight

by Darren Jamieson on November 11, 2008

Just as one ugly dog looks for a new home, the world’s ugliest dog has left his. Gus, officially the world’s ugliest dog, has just died, after a battle against skin Cancer. Gus’s owner, Jeanenne Teed, lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Gus is a Chinese Crested dog with one eye and three legs, and was crowned the winner of the world’s ugliest dog contest in June this year. Upon winning the title, Gus’ owner said that the prize money would be used to help Gus’ radiation treatment for his skin Cancer.

Jeanenne Teed rescued Gus as a puppy, as he was being kept inside a crate in a garage. He lost his eye in a fight with a feline foe, and had one of his legs amputated after developing a skin tumour.

The Chinese Crested dog doesn’t actually hail from China; they originated in the United States back in the 1920’s. In the last seven years the breed has dominated the world’s ugliest dog competition, winning all seven.

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