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Durham pooch hopes to be 'World's Ugliest'

Posted June 14, 2011

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— A 2-year-old Durham pooch is vying for the title of “World’s Ugliest Dog.”

Cuda is a genetically deformed, yet healthy, pit bull. Her back legs are weak and shorter than her front legs. She also has a curved spine and a severe underbite.

Julie and Brian LeRoy adopted Cuda almost a year and a half ago. She got her name because of her resemblance to a barracuda.

“We were watching the ‘World’s Ugliest Dog contest’ shortly after getting her and saw that the winner had a curved spine, and we kind of looked at each other and said, ‘We can top that,’” Julie LeRoy said.

Cuda is competing in the “World's Ugliest Dog Contest” on June 24 at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in California. The public can vote for Cuda online at the fair’s website.

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  • MudLife Jun 15, 2011

    Aw its not a ugly dog i think it is cute. Hope it stays healthy. Glad someone adopted it so it didn't have to put down or anything. But it isn't ugly.

  • Skywatch_NC Jun 15, 2011

    WRAL I'm disappointed in you finding this to be news worthy material. The dog's owner obviously is trying to capitalize off of this poor animal and WRAL your giving them the platform to help them accomplish their goal.

    Actually its nice to have a positive story like this what with all the daily reports of accidents, murders, rapings, robberies, etc.

  • two2294 Jun 15, 2011

    No really. Dogs lack awareness that they are alive. They live entirely in the moment. Dogs dont know the difference between yesterday and today. Awareness is a characteristic that exists only in humans.

    You are the one that lacks awareness......

  • two2294 Jun 15, 2011

    Wilkow, if you don't like what is on here, then go to another web cite, I think that it was a good gesture for them to take this dog in there homes and love her as if she were like any other pit. I hope that she wins. To me she is beautiful not ugly.

  • hurricane04343 Jun 15, 2011

    @Desiderata - Actually, you clearly have no idea about animals yourself. Dogs are in no way self-aware. Dogs are not conscious beyond their immediate world, and thus, have no conscious idea of the idea of themselves. They are only conscious of the things that they can immediately sense at a given time, and do have a limited memory. This, combined with a lack of self-awareness, explains why dogs will commonly and easily risk their lives to save that of a human or another animal. A very simple test for self-awareness is the mirror test, which tests whether an animal can identify itself in a mirror, which is known to be a fundamental trait of self-awareness, partly based on Darwin's theories. Dogs do not exhibit this trait, although some animals, such as dolphins, chimpanzees, and elephants, do.

    Simply put, dogs are not self-aware, but they are still very intelligent and aware of their surroundings and other organisms.

  • luv4dogs Jun 15, 2011

    me2you- Why would you even comment on the story if you don't care. You just make yourself look foolish trying to make a smart statement.

  • rosered857 Jun 15, 2011

    Sorry. My mistake; Cuda is a She and She is loved.

  • Shamrock Jun 15, 2011

    He is cute.

  • rosered857 Jun 15, 2011

    Kudos to the LeRoys for adopting Cuda! They didn't make the dog like this; he was born like this. They are not exploiting him; they have given him a life! Get with the program haters!

  • Blue Devil 2 Jun 15, 2011

    The only way that people will know about inbreeding dogs is to exploit them. Obviously there are people who is uneducated about inbred dogs or any other animal.

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