World's ugliest dog dies after cancer battle
A one-eyed, three-legged dog that won the title of world's ugliest canine last summer has died after losing a battle with skin cancer.
Gus, a nine-year-old Chinese crested dog from St Petersburg, Florida, captured the hearts of judges at the 20th Annual World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in northern California.
The dog, which was bald except for a white tuft on the top of its head, came from humble origins. Gus had one eye, after losing the other years ago in a fight with a cat, and hobbled through life on three legs after the fourth was amputated because of a skin tumour.
The dog was rescued by Jeanenne Teed and her daughter Janey when it was a puppy after they learned that it was being kept in a crate inside someone's garage.
When her pet won the contest in June, Ms Teed said the prize money would be put toward the dog's radiation treatment...
Thursday, December 4, 2008
2008 ugly dog champ loses battle with cancer
Belated death notice. I love the dogs in the Ugly Dog competition. While Victoria is my all-time favorite (see her pic and profile by scrolling down on this list of 2006 contenders), Gus was also very heart-touching.