GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - A local woman is campaigning to enter her dog in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest to raise awareness about animal abuse.
"I would love nothing more than to go to a place where my appearance is celebrated," Chandler wrote on behalf of Peanut. "The World's Ugliest Dog Contest would be the perfect place to spread my message! I want the chance to spread awareness of animal abuse and to show people that abused animals are not 'broken.' We need love too!"
According to Chandler, Peanut was set on fire by his previous owners, and was burned from head to tail.
"Some nice person found me in Washington, N.C., and took me to some nice doctors that worked hard to keep me alive," Chandler wrote for her dog. "With their help, I was able to pull through. My heart was scared forever. But so was my body."
Chandler says Peanut can not close his eyes because his eyelids were burned. His teeth is always showing because his lips were burned off as well. In addition, much of Peanut's fur cannot grow back.
"My mom gets very upset when I am taken in public. I get looked at like I am disgusting," Chandler wrote. "Some have even questioned why my mommy didn't have me put down to be "put out of my misery." I don't feel miserable - until people say those mean things about me..."
Chandler says her goal is to raise $1,400 so she can enter Peanut in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. As of late Monday afternoon, she has raised $507.
"It is not about winning or losing! It is about using the opportunity to bring awareness to animal abuse," Chandler wrote.
The World's Ugliest Dog Contest takes place on June 20 at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif.
"The annual World's Ugliest Dog® Contest is not about making fun of making fun of "Ugly" dogs, but having fun with some wonderful characters and showing the world that these dogs are really beautiful," according to the contest webpage.
The event has been running for 25 years.