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Martha the Neapolitan Mastiff wins world's ugliest dog contest

Martha the Neapolitan Mastiff wins world's ugliest dog contest”

14 contestants vied for the prize but only one would be given the honor to be called the world's ugliest dog.

With an air of languid confidence Martha pawed her way past her 13 competitors, with judges saying they were impressed by what appeared to be "300 pounds of skin" hanging off her big-boned, 125-pound (57 kilogram) body.

Kerry Sanders, one of the judges from the NBC News, gave the crown to Martha. But Martha is now a world champion. She constantly plopped down on her side on the stage, her droopy face spread out when she was supposed to be showing off. Her snore was audible above the noise of the crowd, which made onlookers praise her even more.

The Chinese Crested (this one named Sweepee Rambo, with proud dad Jason Wurtz) has dominated ugly dog comps because. well, this. Her handler answered for her: "I'd gloat, but I need a nap".

At the competition, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in California, the unsightly yet lovable dogs were paraded down a red carpet with the hopes of winning $1,500, a trophy and a trip to NY for media appearances.

She beat out 13 other dogs, majority much older and much smaller. After several surgeries, she can now see again, [handler Shirley] Zindler said.

Jessica Burkard of Penngrove, California, saw a lovely companion for her St. Bernard when she found Martha, a 125-pound Neapolitan mastiff. He had lost his hearing and sight but his sense of smell is strong and he was enjoying all the smells at the Sonoma-Marin Fair where the contest is held, including funnel cakes and other fried goodies.

A 16-year-old Brussels Giffon-pug mix named Moe, who was also the oldest in the competition, took second place.

According to the Associated Press, Martha was an outlier in the contest, which usually features much older and much smaller dogs.

This year's victor, Martha, is owned by Shirley Zindler.



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