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'World's Ugliest Dog' takes out 'Heroic Hound Award'

'Mugly', named the world's ugliest dog in 2012, in London. Source: Getty Images

A previous winner of the ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ title for his “natural ugliness in both pedigree and mutt classes” has redeemed himself with a ‘Most Heroic Hound’ award.

A previous winner of the ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ title for his “natural ugliness in both pedigree and mutt classes” has redeemed himself by taking out a ‘Most Heroic Hound’ award this week.

Mugly, a twelve-year-old Chinese Crested dog, won the National Pet Show award in London for his work with British Organisation, Therapy Dogs Nationwide.

The 2012 ‘Ugliest Dog’ winner listens while children and adults with physical disabilities, sensory loss and learning challenges read stories to him, The Express reports.

It is a nice change for the certified therapy dog who was abandoned at just three days old because of his ‘unfortunate’ appearance.

“He amazes me with his ability to know exactly how to be when he meets people,” his owner, Bev Nicholson, told Wisbech Standard.

“With a blind person, he stands completely still and lets them explore him; or when someone is upset, he pushes his body into them for comfort.”

“He has this ability to know when someone needs him,” Nicholson told The Express. "I don't know how he does it. I've got five dogs and, none of them can do what he does with people."

“I just don't see him being ugly, I see those adorable eyes that just make me melt.” 

Chinese crested dogs are “hairless with hair only on the head, tail and feet and the Powderpuff,” according to the American Kennel Club.

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