The World's Ugliest Dog Has Just Been Named

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Martha won the World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Calif., beating out 13 other very homely pups to claim the crown on Friday.

Leaving the contest with $1,500, a trophy and a trip to NY for media appearances, Martha was rescued by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Sonoma County when she was almost blind.

Handler Shirley Zindler told The Associated Press that she rescued Martha when the dog was nearly blind, but her sight has been restored after several surgeries. After several surgeries, she can now see again, Zindler said.

"If you have a dog that is more attractive on the inside than the outside, then this "beauty" contest is for you, " read the contest's poster.

Her handler Shirley Zindler told CTV News Channel after the event that entering Martha into the contest was "kind of a last minute thing". But Martha is now a world champion.

The annual event celebrates the unique features that make some dogs "so ugly that they're actually cute".

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But when she was named the victor, she slumped over on her side and let her massive face droop on the stage.

Moe, a 16-year-old Brussels Griffon-pug mix, came in second.

Martha won the title of ugliest dog in a competition that featured 14 pooches.

Numerous contestants are adopted.

The judges took into consideration first impressions, unusual attributes, personality, and the crowd's reaction when deciding the winners. Monkey, a 6-year-old Brussels Griffon, and Icky, an 8-year-old unknown breed, were both saved from the homes of hoarders.

"He's my sexy boy", Vicky Adler, of Davis, California, spoke of her 8-year-old Chinese Crested named Zoomer. But for their owners, it was love at first sight, and why would it not be right?

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