A dog named Yoda sits in the arms of Terry Schumacher of Hanford, California during the 23rd Annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair on June 24, 2011 in Petaluma, California. Yoda won the $1,000 top prize as the world's ugliest dog. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
PETALUMA, Calif. (KTLA
) -- The 2011 'World's Ugliest Dog' has died.
Yoda, a 15-year-old Chinese-crested and Chihuahua mix died in her sleep Saturday.
The 1.8-pound mix won $1,000 after beating 29 other canine contestants at the competition in Petaluma, Calif., last year.
Owner Terry Devine Schumacher, says her daughter found Yoda in a field behind an apartment building.
Schumacher initially told her daughter to drop the animal because she thought it was a rat.
Vicki DeArmon, the producer of the contest, said Yoda will keep the title until a new ugliest dog is crowned in June.