Durham pooch hopes to be 'World's Ugliest'

Posted June 14, 2011 5:12 p.m. EDT
Updated June 14, 2011 7:06 p.m. EDT

— 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.