Last weekend, a 4-year-old multicolored Chihuahua named Princess Abby was crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog in that witless contest humans hold at the Sonoma-Marin fair in Petaluma, California, to make fun of dogs.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m no big fan of dogs unless they’re on a short leash and pooping in somebody else’s yard, but I think Abby got a bum rap.
She won because she’s been abused and has several congenital deformities, probably caused by inbreeding. One of the judges called her the “poster child to spay and neuter your pets.”
Otherwise, she’d look as good as any other Chihuahua.
But because her back legs and left eye are all screwed up, she took the title over a bunch of truly butt-ugly Chinese cresteds and a boxer named Pabst who won last year.
Abby was found just a few months ago wandering the streets of Lake County, California, malnourished and covered with fleas. Someone took her to a vet’s for care, and she was adopted by a woman named Kathleen Francis.
At least Abby seems to finally have a safe and loving home. Maybe she’ll use her title to raise money for worthy animal causes (not more ugly pageants) like other dogs who have been saddled with that title.