Some pretty repulsive pooches took the stage Friday night at the 26th annual World's Ugliest Dog competition.
The nearly 30 mangy mutts on display at the Petaluma's Sonoma-Marin Fair featured deformed spines, lolling tongues, crooked teeth and warts in all the wrong places.
But only one cursed canine was downright demonic enough to actually freak out the judges.
"Oh GOD!" gasped one.
"You've got to be kidding me!" exclaimed another.
The frightful sight was Peanut, a Chihuahua-Shih Tzu mix with a face like a gremlin after a botched plastic surgery.
With teeth protruding like a sea monster's, a tail one judge likened to a stick of lipstick, and eyelids that never close, Peanut is the stuff nightmares are made of.
"Peanut is one of the ugliest dogs we have ever judged in this contest," said judge Brian Sobel, who described him as "just hideous."
(See video of the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYxCO57u-vM)
Owned by 26-year-old Holly Chandler, a manufacturing engineer from Greenville, N.C., Peanut was rescued from a shelter a year ago after spending more than 9 months scaring off would-be adoptive families.