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Pekingese named Wild Thang wins World’s Ugliest Dog

Written by on June 24, 2024

Wild Thang, an 8-year-old Pekingese and his owner, Anne Lewis, are on stage after being annouced as the winner during the 2024 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif. on Friday. Photo by John G. Mabanglo EPA-EFE

A longtime runner-up in California’s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest finally got his crown.

On Friday, fourth time was the charm for Wild Thang, an 8-year-old Pekingese from North Bend, Oreg., who previously placed second in the annual competition three times before.

Wild Thang is a survivor of distempter, a viral disease that infects animals’ respiratory system and can also suppress the immune system, according to his bio.

“He survived, but not without permanent damage. His teeth did not grow in, causing his tongue to stay out and his right front leg paddles 24/7,” his bio read, noting that, apart from his health issues his is a happy, “glugly” (glamorous/ugly) pup.

He and his owner Ann Lewis walked away with $5,000 in prize money.

The Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., has hosted the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest for nearly 50 year’s, according to the fair’s website.

Source : UPI News

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