Meet the World's Ugliest Dog

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They don't call this dog Quasi Modo for nothing.

The 10-year-old pit/dutch shepherd mixed pup, named after the Hunchback of Notre-Dame, was crowned the World's Ugliest Dog at the famed competition in Florida Friday.

At first glance, we weren't really sure how he won, especially after only looking at Quasi from the front. But, after catching a glimpse of him from the side, we noticed he looks a little different.
Because of multiple birth defects to his spine, Quasi's back is too short for his body, according to his bio on the competition's site, but, his owner looked past his physical appearance when she adopted him from an animal shelter a while back. "I was abandoned at an animal shelter and because of my strange looks life was looking pretty grim," the bio reads. "Luckily, one of the veterinarians there saw the sparkle in my eyes and took me home."

Quasi body is so short that he's been mistaken as a hyena and a Tasmania devil in the past, with his bio also stating, "grown men have jumped on their cars to get away from me." But, he eventually wins people over with his "bubbly personality" when they give him a chance.

"I have become a great ambassador for teaching people about acceptance and tolerance for things that are different," his bio continued. "You should never judge a book by its cover! Just because an animal or person looks different doesn't mean they're any less deserving of love. It's OK to be different."

That's pretty much what this contest is all about. Karen Spencer, marketing director for Sonoma-Marin Fair, which organizes the event, told CNN, We aren't interested in lineage, it's the inner beauty and personality that shine in our World's Ugliest Dog contest."
Quasi – who first appeared in the contest last year – had some tough competition. Just look at these shots of his fellow contestants.

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