It was a tail-wagging event when Princess Abby, a gray, brown and black Chihuahua with a curved back and legs and a scrunched-up left eye, was named 2010 World’s Ugliest Dog before a packed crowd at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. Entrants came from across the country including Arizona, Florida and New Jersey. There were two categories for judging: pedigree class and mutt class.
Princess Abby’s owner, Kathleen Francis, won first prize of $1,000, but will have many new opportunities for fame as she and Princess Abby will be guests on television shows throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Princess Abby was picked up five months ago on the streets as a malnourished, flea infested stray. Francis adopted the dog from her veterinarian. Other entrants in the contest have similar hard luck stories and stand out as strong survivors of abandonment and neglect. Their owners and the contest help to carry the message. Karen “Dog” Haligan stated, “Princess Abby is the poster child for spaying and neutering your animals. Her looks probably stem from being inbred.”