BEAGLE-BOXER-BASSET WINS WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG: PETALUMA (AP) — A huge-headed, duck-footed mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound was the upset winner Friday at the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest.
Walle (WAHL-ee), a 4-year-old mutt from Chico, Calif., who was entered at the last minute, was judged most unsightly of 30 dogs at the Northern California competition.
"This dog looked like he's been photo-shopped with pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals," judge Brian Sobel said.
Walle overcame the dominance in recent years by nearly hairless Chihuahuas, Chinese cresteds, or combinations of the two.
Owner Tammie Barbee got the dog when he was three months old.
"People come up to me and say that dog is not right," Barbee said, "but I love him."
Judges said they were especially impressed by Walle's bizarre waddle of a walk.
Walle wins $1,500 and will make several network TV appearances next week, including NBC's "Today" show and ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
The contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds gets worldwide attention, with media from around the world traveling to Petaluma, about 40 miles north of San Francisco.
Organizers say the dogs are judged for their "natural ugliness in both pedigree and mutt classes."
MAINE MAN'S CAR ROLLS INTO LAKE DURING POTTY BREAK : BELGRADE, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine man's car got all wet when he stopped on the road for a bathroom break.
Chief Deputy Everett Flannery of the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old Mark Leighton of Oakland stopped at a boat landing on Salmon Lake in Belgrade on Wednesday evening because he had to go.
Flannery tells the Morning Sentinel (http://bit.ly/12fjZIq) that Leighton was going to the bathroom when he heard a splash, turned around, and saw the car in the lake.
Flannery says it appears Leighton pulled the emergency brake but forget to put the car in park.
The car was pulled from the lake by a tow truck.
No one was hurt and no charges were filed.
MONKEY NIPS AT TEXAS OFFICER DURING TRAFFIC STOP : ARANSAS PASS, Texas (AP) — A South Texas police officer had to deal with some unexpected monkey business as he wrote a speeding ticket.
A pet monkey bit Aransas Pass Officer Keith Moore on the hand in an attack captured on videotape.
KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi reported Thursday that Moore had a video camera on his glasses during the traffic stop.
Moore is seen handing the driver something to sign when a monkey leaps from the back seat, bares its teeth and bites the officer's right hand.
Moore says the monkey "came out of nowhere" during Wednesday's incident. The bite left a mark, but the 21-year-old officer was not hurt otherwise.
The trained monkey makes appearances at carnivals and other entertainment events.