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.
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.
We have a new World's Ugliest Dog and she's a big one.
"Does Martha know she's that ugly?" an announcer asked, to which Zandler replied: "No. Martha thinks she's lovely".
"We celebrate the spirit and imperfections that make these dogs lovable", event marketing director Karen Spencer said. She constantly plopped down on her side on the stage, her droopy face spread out when she was supposed to be showing off.
According to the Associated Press, Martha was an outlier in the contest, which usually features much older and much smaller dogs. This one, in contrast, rewards those dogs who are the farthest from being ideal. Her handler answered for her: "I'd gloat, but I need a nap". But Shirley, the founder of the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Sonoma County, took care of her, and after several surgeries, succeeded in getting her vision back.
This year's World's Ugliest Dog has been crowned - it's Martha the mastiff.
Chase, a 14-year-old Chinese Crested-Harke mix, from Neath, U.K., took the third place. The huge homely mastiff won the title at the contest hosted in Sonoma-Marin Fair, California, over the weekend.
Foster dog Martha claimed the coveted title.
Last year, Sweepee Rambo, a 17-year-old blind Chihuahua, won the 2016 World's Ugliest Dog.