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Pooch Mistaken For Rat Wins Petaluma Ugliest Dog Contest

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PETALUMA (CBS SF) — A 1.8-pound scruffy mutt named Yoda who has been mistaken for a rat won the World’s Ugliest Dog title for 2011 Friday night at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma.

Yoda won a trophy 15 times her size and $1,000. The beady-eyed pooch also gets a photo shoot and an overnight stay in the Loft Suite at the Sheraton Sonoma County, according to fair officials.

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Her owner, Terry Devine Schumacher, said her daughter found Yoga in a field 14 years ago when the pup was 2.

“I told her to put it down because I thought it was a rat,” Schumacher said.

Fair officials allowed the audience to vote this year via text. Other favorites in the 23rd annual contest were Icky, Cuda, Handsome Hector and Ratdog.

The fair runs through Sunday at 175 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma.

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