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Huge, homely mastiff named Martha wins world's ugliest dog

Huge, homely mastiff named Martha wins world's ugliest dog

This year marked the 29th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest.

The contest, which organisers say looks at inner beauty, included a Red Carpet Walk and a Faux Paw Fashion Show. Martha won a cash prize of USD1, 500, a shiny trophy and a trip to NY for media appearances but a look at the victor and you would instantly realize she can not care less.

The annual contest celebrates those dogs that may not earn a best of show, but are lovable and adoptable anyway.

The 125-pound rescue dog beat 13 other ugly dogs for the title. In past years the competition has been dominated by older, smaller dogs, but this year the larger-figured Martha came out on top. After several surgeries, the Mastiff has now regained some of her sight.

Shirley Zindler, of Sebastopol, California, lifts up the jowls of Martha, a Neapolitan mastiff, during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 23, 2017, in Petaluma, California.

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Martha was almost blind due to neglect when she was rescued by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Sonoma County, where this contest was held.

Organizers at the World's Ugliest Dog event said that for more than 50 years, the competition has taken place in Petaluma, California.

Martha's handler calls her a "drooling, snoring, gassy, loud and silly girl".

Numerous contestants were adopted. Dog contestants were judged on first impressions, unusual attributes, personality, and audience reaction. Sheer ugliness or oddball looks were not enough to win this time around, though they were attributes that led to the crowning of last year's victor, Sweepee Rambo, a blind Chihuahua-Chinese Crested mix, who won out over a field of 16 other dogs.


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