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World's Ugliest Dog 'Yoda' hails from Hanford

June 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The World's Ugliest dog has a connection to the Central Valley.

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Over the weekend a dog named Yoda took home the title of the World's Ugliest Dog, during a contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair. It turns out, Yoda is from Hanford.

The 14-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix beat out almost 50-other dogs for the title.

Owner Terry Schumacher of Hanford, Calif. says the 2-pound dog has come a long way since she was found abandoned behind an apartment building. Schumacher says she first thought the pooch was a rat.

Yoda's distinction comes a year after a one-eyed Chihuahua named Princess Abby claimed victory. A pedigree Chinese crested won in 2008 and another Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix was the ugliest in 2007.

In past years, the winner's owner has received a $1,000 check.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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