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

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

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

English bulldog Zsa Zsa (main picture) was awarded the title of the World's Ugliest Dog at this year's competition, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, San Francisco, on Saturday.

Christy Gentry, a spokeswoman for the event, said: "The world's ugliest dog contest is an iconic tradition of the Sonoma-Marin Fair".

Dogs without hair, dogs with lolling tongues and other imperfections from all over the United States, as well as other countries, participate in the fair.

The dogs walk down a red carpet and are evaluated by a panel of judges.

The dog's owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, will receive US$1500 for Zsa Zsa's win.

The bulldog, whose tongue hangs out of the side of her mouth and nearly touches the ground, was adopted by Megan Brainard, told CNN that "from the moment we saw her handsome face, we knew we would be her forever home".

As with any competition rating animals by their looks, there's a lot of controversy surrounding Zsa Zsa's win.

Mrs Kravitz, a Chihuahua, runs on stage during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest.

Himisaboo, a Chinese Crested and Dachshund mix, walks onstage during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest.

A 125-pound gentle giant Martha, a Neopolitan Mastiff with gas and a droopy face, won last year's competition.

Named after the late Hungarian actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, the dog spent five years in a puppy mill in Missouri before she was put up for auction and bought by a group called Underdog Rescue.

The World's Ugliest Dog contest-now in its 30th year-aims to celebrate diversity among pooches. The fair will also make an in-kind donation to Underdog Rescue. It took several surgeries before she was able to see again.

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