SANTA BARBARA, California (AP) — Sam, the dog whose ugliness earned him TV appearances, limousine rides and even a meeting with millionaire Donald Trump, has died, the Santa Barbara News-Press reported Tuesday.
The pooch with the hairless body, crooked teeth and sparse tuft of hair atop his knobby head died Friday, just short of his 15th birthday, said his owner, Susie Lockheed.
“I don’t think there’ll ever be another Sam,” she said, adding wryly, “Some people would think that’s a good thing.”
Sam became an international celebrity after winning the ugliest animal contest at the 2003 Sonoma-Marin Fair in California — a victory he twice repeated. The purebred Chinese crested hairless made appearances on TV in Japan, radio in New Zealand and in Britain’s Daily Mirror tabloid, stayed in luxury hotels and met Trump on a talk show set.