Elwood was the 2007 winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest, and had come in second in the contest the year before. His owner was Karen Quigley, a resident of Sewell, New Jersey, United States. He was a two year old Chinese Crested/chihuahua mixed breed. Elwood died on November 28, 2013. He was eight years old.
Elwood was rescued as a result of an NJ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigation. He was shivering, had a runny nose, and was making strange sounds when Karen came over to see him. Elwood still made those strange noises. Elwood's breeder felt as if Elwood was too ugly to sell and was going to put him down due to the fact that she could not sell him to anyone. Karen Quigley, Elwood's owner, was friends with John, who was the investigator that was called to the case of Elwood. Karen immediately fell in love with Elwood and took him to her home where she also owned other rescued cats and dogs.
Karen Quigley was so inspired by the story of her dog Elwood, that she wrote a children's book about him, and it was called "Everyone Loves Elwood." Elwood quickly grew to fame with his "ugliest dog" honor, and his face began to pop up in the media everywhere. He was found in newspapers in the United States, Germany, London, Australia, Ireland, Chile, Spain, and possibly other countries as well.
- "Elwood the mutt crowned ugliest dog". MSNBC. 2007-06-23. Retrieved 2009-12-26.
- Peters, Sharon (2008-12-29). "A purpose in life for 'ugly dog' Elwood, owner". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
- "About Elwood". love elwood. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- "'World's Ugliest Dog' Compete For Crown". CBS11TV.com. 2007-06-22. Retrieved 2009-12-26.[dead link]
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