Elwood, a Chihuahua and Chinese Crested mix, better known as the “World’s Ugliest Dog” has died suddenly at 8-years-old.
Karen Quigley, the dog’s owner, announced her “beloved” Elwood died in her arms after a brief illness on Thanksgiving Day in New Jersey.
Elwood rose to global prominence after being named the ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ in 2007. If nothing else Elwood was unique looking: dark, hairless with a couple of strands of white hair, and a pronounced tongue. His legion of fans thought he looked like Yoda or E.T.
Elwood’s looks were so unique and he so popular that a children’s book preaching acceptance was written in his honor. He clocked more than 200 public appearances raising money for animal rescue organizations.
Quigley had rescued Elwood from euthanasia when he was nine-months old in 2005. Elwood’s breeder thought the dog to ugly to sell.