R.I.P. Yoda, The World’s Ugliest Dog Dies At Age 15

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Mar. 14 2012, Updated 12:00 p.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Radar Reporter

She became famous around the world for her scraggly tufted fur, jagged teeth, hairless legs, bug eyes and cauliflower ears, but even her exceptional looks couldn’t last forever, as RadarOnline.com has learned that the World’s Ugliest Dog has died at age 15.

Yoda, a 1.8-pound female Chinese crested-Chihuahua mix, passed away on Saturday at her home in Hanford, California, reported the Hanford Sentinel.

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"Say a prayer today 4 my YODA...rest in peace 3-10-12," said owner Terry Schumacher, who adopted the raggedy pet after she found her abandoned behind an apartment building and mistook her for a rat.

"She passed away last night in her sleep. I will miss her funny little ways! But comforted knowing she will be joining my Mom and Dad, who loved her so much! Her memories will live on forever!!!"

Owner and dog were catapulted to fame last year when they won the 23rd annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest held last June at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.

Along with a $1,000 in prize money, the funny-looking little pooch also won a trophy that was 15 times her size.

Contest producer Vicki DeArmon said Yoda will keep the title until a new ugliest dog is crowned in June.

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