Meet Martha, the world's ugliest dog

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

A Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha rests on the stage after after winning the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. But Martha isn't actually that ugly, especially when compared to her competitors. In past years the competition has been dominated by older, smaller dogs, but this year the larger-figured Martha came out on top.

The victor is awarded US$1,500 (€1,340), a trophy, and is flown to NY for media appearances.

The World's Ugliest Dog contest, which Sobel has judged for about 10 years, celebrates the pooches whose faces only a mother could love.

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

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. While other dogs showed off themselves, Martha with heavy drools, red eyes and lots of excessive skin preferred to play it cool - enjoy slumber time with her face nearly spread across the ground.

A Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha sits next to a trophy after after winning the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on June 23, 2017 in Petaluma, California.

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The second-place victor was Moe, a Brussels Griffon-pug mix who is 16 years old.

"I'll see the animal and say, 'Oh boy".

Numerous contestants were adopted.

Notable past winners include Walle, a basset/boxer mix that waddled as he walked; Peanut, a tiny dog with a history of abuse; and Quasi Modo a short-spined mutt that was an audience favourite.

Other contestants included an eight-year-old dog with the apt name of "Icky", of unknown breed, and a Brussels Griffon, Monkey, who is 6 years old.

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