Quasi Modo Ugliest Dog

A 10-year-old Pit Bull and Dutch Shepherd mix who was born with a short spine won the World’s Ugliest Dog contest in California over the weekend. Quasi Modo’s owner is a veterinarian who adopted him from an animal shelter.

"Luckily, one of the veterinarians there saw the sparkle in my eyes and took me home," reads his biography on the contest’s website. "I have become a great ambassador for teaching people about acceptance and tolerance for things that are different. You should never judge a book by its cover! Just because an animal or person looks different doesn’t mean they’re any less deserving of love."

Despite his deformities, Quasi Modo is still able to run and play, the site says. — Read it at CNN