Dr Papidies, a nine pound Chihuahua, was proclaimed top dog of the Cutest Dog Competition that resulted in a $1 million prize. The prize will be distributed over the next 30 years to Dr Papidies and his owner, Leslie Capin, a dermatologist, according to USA Today.
Capin announced that they plan to give the money to two local Denver animal shelters, as a tribute to the hard life the Chihuahua had suffered before claiming the coveted title.
Dr Papidies was introduced to Capin when he was purchased by a friend of hers at a local mall pet store and suddenly fell ill. Capin, who had experiences with rescuing horses and a deaf and blind dog, knew that Papidies was not in good dog health.
According to the news source, the puppy suffered from severe dehydration and had conjunctivitis, chest congestion and a bacterial infection- a result of growing up in a puppy mill. Capin eventually took over as owner of the dog from her friend and nursed it back to health.
Now in perfect dog health, Dr Papidies explores Capin’s office wearing a miniature lab coat, which prompted coworkers to suggest entering the contest. Now a winner, Dr Papidies is preventing a similar health scare from happening to other dogs by sharing his prize money.