GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

A dog from Greenville has been crowned the "World's Ugliest Dog."

"Peanut" beat 24 other dogs to win the contest Friday at a competition in Petaluma, California. The competition featured a voting round, in which Peanut received 1,795 votes--more than twice the votes the second-place dog received. He was ultimately selected the winner by a panel of judges.

Peanut is a rescue dog owned by Holly Chandler. Before Chandler rescued him, Peanut had been found abandoned and severely burned. People at the shelter say he was likely set on fire. This burned off his eyelids, his lips, and a good portion of hair on his body. Peanut is healthy now, but Chandler says some people have trouble accepting him.

That is why Chandler entered Peanut into the World-wide "Ugliest Dog Competition". This global event features "homely hounds" and celebrates the uniqueness they bring. Chandler says it isn't so much about winning, as sharing Peanut's story.

Image via Twitter @BringFido.