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This gassy Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha

This gassy Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha”

The now famous World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California at the Sonoma-Marin Fair crowned a victor Friday night - Martha, a 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff, took home the title along with her handler Shirley Zindler.

Martha lumbered away with $1,500, a flashy trophy and a trip to NY for media appearances, all things she could hardly care less about. Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha. but she had some tough competition.

The 3-year-old was a crowd favorite from the beginning of the World's Ugliest Dog competition.

Martha was rescued by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Sonoma County in California after almost falling blind from neglect.

The dogs were judged on audience reaction, first impressions and "unusual attributes".

Although a few thought it was sad to call any dog ugly.

The competition also aims to find a home for abandoned dogs through a series of events that include a fashion show and red carpet walk.

Chinese cresteds, Chihuahuas and mutts are the breeds most frequently entered though the contest also factors in personality when choosing a champion.

"He's my sexy boy", Vicky Adler, of Davis, California, said of her 8-year-old Chinese Crested named Zoomer. Since being taken in, Martha has undergone surgery and her eyesight has improved. But for their owners, it was love at first sight. A Spirit Award is presented to a dog and owner who have overcome obstacles and, or are providing a service to the community.

"The contest has done much to raise awareness for adoption of dogs, and that no matter their physical detractions, these animals are loving companions", says the fair's website.

This is the 29th year the contest is being held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.



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