12 November 2008

"World's Ugliest Dog" Dies

Gus, a one-eyed, three-legged dog, died yesterday in Florida, succumbing to skin cancer. He was nine.

A hairless Chinese Crested dog who had been rescued from a crate in someone's garage, Gus garnered global attention when he was named the "World's Ugliest Dog" in a contest this past June. Fighting cancer at the time, Gus' guardian said that they would put the $1,600 cash prize towards Gus' radiation treatments.

Gus' endearingly misshapen appearance was part illness and part folly. He lost a leg to skin cancer, and an eye to a particularly ill-tempered tomcat.

[Source: Examiner New York]