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Peanut hasn’t had the best luck in his two years of roaming the earth. Luckily, things are finally looking up for the little guy.

The shelter rescue dog of unknown breed (he’s suspected of being a Chihuahua-Shitzu mix) was the victim of animal abuse. If that wasn’t bad enough, Peanut was also burned in a fire where he lost his lips and eyelids. How sad is that? But after spending nine long months in an animal shelter, good news finally reached his scraggly ears. Holly Chandler from North Carolina wanted to adopt him and things have just gone uphill from there.

Over the weekend, dear Peanut was named the “World’s Ugliest Dog” and, yes, it’s a good thing. He beat out 29 other unconventional-looking dogs in the California-held contest for the top prize of a four-foot trophy and, more importantly, $1,500.

“He’s my baby. I guess I don’t see him every day as being that ugly. But I guess the judges thought so,” Chandler said.

According to the Associated Press, she plans on using the winnings to pay for his veterinary bills and wants to use Peanut as the poster child for what can happen to animals who are abused.

Now, if that’s not a great ending to this tail tale, we don’t know what is.

Want to get a closer look at Peanut and his competition? Check them out in the slideshow below!

 

 

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