Big and Ungainly Were Winning Attributes at World's Ugliest Dog Event

Martha, a 57-kilo Neapolitan Mastiff was crowned the victor of the 29th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest in California on Friday, June 23.

She beat out 13 other dogs, majority being older and smaller.

A droopy-faced, 125-pound rescue dog named Martha was finally crowned the victor after a three-dog tie breaker based on audience response.

If anyone is anxious about Martha's self-esteem following her entry into the Ugliest Dog contest, much less her being crowned the victor, she's cool with it. "Martha thinks she's lovely".

"This is 125 pounds of dog and 300 pounds of skin", Sobel remembered thinking when he first saw Martha.

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The annual "World's Ugliest Dog" competition is comprised of mostly shelter and rescue dogs, and helps bring attention to animals that may not always be the first pick in the litter.

As the victor of the contest, Martha and her minders will take home $1,500, a huge trophy, and planned media trips to NYC.

The second-place victor was Moe, a Brussels Griffon-pug mix who is 16 years old. Most of these animals are uglier than Martha. "We tell her every day", said Zindler. Chinese Cresteds have often been crowd favorites at the annual World's Ugliest Dog event. Monkey, a 6-year-old Brussels Griffon, and Icky, an 8-year-old unknown breed, were both rescued from the homes of hoarders.

Shirley Zindler of Sebastopol, California, sits with her dog Martha after winning the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog contest. The World's Ugliest Dog competition has few rules, but one of them is that the owners of the dogs that take part can not intentionally alter their appearance in the attempt to make them look uglier than they are naturally.

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