Meet Peanut, a 2-year-old mutt whose wild white and brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth belie his sweet, energetic personality.
He's the winner of the annual running of the World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma County Fair in Petaluma, Calif., on Friday.
Peanut's owner, Holly Chandler of Greenville, North Carolina, says he was seriously burned as a puppy and she wants to use her pet to raise awareness about animal abuse.
She plans to use the $1,500 prize to pay for other animals' veterinary bills.
This slideshow gives you a sense of what it takes to win the crown. Pay special attention to our local connection!