Yoda the World's Ugliest Dog

Yoda the World's Ugliest Dog

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.