Saturday, 21 July, 2018

The World's Ugliest Dog contest crowns its latest, absolutely PRECIOUS victor

Martha a Neopolitan Mastiff who won the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog Contest looked ready to hand over her crown Martha a Neopolitan Mastiff who won the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog Contest looked ready to hand over her crown
Gerardo Duncan | 25 June, 2018, 04:07

Going into this year's World Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Linda Elmquist of Tucson, Arizona, had high hopes that her dog could make another run at the title.

Wild Thang, a Pekingese, stands onstage during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018.

Some of this year's contestants had hairless bodies, others had lolling tongues.

During the competition, now in its 30th year, the canines flaunt their imperfections as they walk down a red carpet with their handlers and are evaluated by a panel of judges.

Zsa Zsa and her owner Megan Brainard were awarded $1,500 in prize money.

Zsa Zsa's owner is Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota. Palms are sweaty, eye movement is rapid, and the stakes are high as judges deliberate on which contestant takes home the crown of "World's Ugliest Dog". Zsa Zsa won the contest. Ann Lewis's dog Wild Thang was one of the hopefuls.

Himisaboo, Chinese Crested and Dachshund mix, walks onstage during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. Zsa Zsa strutting her stuff during the competition. "With so many lovable animals displaced and available for adoption, we want our fans to know what this contest is really about", Sonoma-Marin Fair Publicist, Christy Gentry, said in a statement.

The nine-year-old pooch received the prize at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Associated Press reported.

Last year's victor was 57kg gentle giant named Martha - a Neopolitan Mastiff with gas and a droopy face.

For almost 30 years, the World's Ugliest Dog (r) Contest has been a testament that the pedigree does not define the pet. Dogs of all breeds and sizes have warmed our hearts and filled our lives with unconditional love.

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