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Claim: Photograph shows the winner of a "World's Ugliest Dog" contest.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
Origins: Sam, the above-pictured canine, is a 14-year-old pedigreed Chinese crested owned by Susie Lockheed of Santa Barbara, California. In
The Associated Press described Sam thusly:
The tiny dog has no hair, if you don't count the yellowish-white tuft erupting from his head. His wrinkled brown skin is covered with splotches, a line of warts marches down his snout, his blind eyes are an alien, milky white, and a fleshy flap of skin hangs from his withered neck. And then there are the Austin Powers teeth that jut at odd angles.Unfortunately, Sam is suffering from a number of age-related ailments (congestive heart failure, lung and kidney problems) and will probably make no more public appearances, so he may have to cede his "World's Ugliest Dog" crown in next year's competition.
He's so ugly that even the judges recoiled when he was placed on the judging table . . .
Update: Reports indicate that Sam went to doggie heaven in mid-November 2005.
Last updated: 21 November 2005
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