Hunchback mutt wins world's ugliest dog competition

Quasi Modo
Quasi Modo

A 10-year-old mutt whose spinal birth defects left him hunchbacked is the winner of this year's World's Ugliest Dog contest.

Quasi Modo, a pit bull-Dutch shepherd mix, and his owner took the 1,500 dollar (£952) prize, beating 25 other dogs competing in the contest that applauds imperfection.

Quasi Modo was abandoned at an animal shelter before being adopted by a vet in Loxahatchee, Florida.

His owner says some people have mistaken Quasi Modo for a hyena or Tasmanian devil, but his bubbly personality wins them over.

The contest, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California, is in its 27th year.

One of the other contestants, a dog named Icky

The dogs are scored by a three-judge panel in several categories, including special or unusual attributes, personality and natural ugliness.