March 15, 2012 at 06:59 PM EDT

Last June, when Yoda, a 15-year-old, 1.8-pound Chinese Crested/Chihuahua mix, won the 23rd Annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest, dog owners everywhere thought to themselves, “When 15-years-old my pooch reaches, look as bad she will not.” The time for such Star Wars-related puns is sadly over because Yoda’s hometown newspaper reports that the mutt died in her sleep Saturday.

When Hanford, Calif., resident Terry Schumacher first saw her pet, abandoned behind an apartment building, she thought the scruffy little dog was a rat. Yoda’s blotchy coat, bald patches, crooked teeth, and raggedy ears, made her look like a swamp creature from Dagobah begging to be voiced by Frank Oz. So she was a shoo-in to win the $1,000 Grand Prize as the World’s Ugliest Dog at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., last summer. Contest producer Vicki DeArmon says that Yoda will retain the title until a new Ugliest Dog can be crowned this June.

May the Force be with Yoda and her family.

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