Huge, Homley Mastiff Named Martha Wins World's Ugliest Dog

Huge, Homley Mastiff Named Martha Wins World's Ugliest Dog

Huge, Homley Mastiff Named Martha Wins World's Ugliest Dog

After several surgeries, she can see again, said her handler Shirley Zindler. The contest starts at 6 p.m. Friday at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in California.

"The dogs don't care whether you call them ugly or attractive", she said. When Martha is not asleep - as she is most of the day - she playfully bosses around the other dogs Zindler fosters.

Before her turn at fame, Martha was like thousands of other neglected large-breed dogs, which face shorter life spans and dietary issues.

In the end, Martha, a three-year-old Neapolitan Mastiff earned the most applause.

Martha, a 3-year-old Neapolitan Mastiff, was crowned the victor of the World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair in California on Friday.

For becoming the top dog, Martha will receive a prize of US$1,500 (S$2,100) and will fly to NY to appear on television.

She beat 13 other dogs, including deaf and blind Moe, a Brussels griffon-pug mix who, at 16, was the oldest in the competition.

If you sometimes feel less than satisfied with your appearance, spare a thought for poor Peanut, who has been officially named the world's ugliest dog.

The homely hounds and their humans arrived hours before the show to socialize and size up the competition at the World's Ugliest Dog Contest Friday, where dog lovers celebrate the imperfections of man's best friend.

The criteria the dogs are judged on include audience reaction, first impressions and unusual attributes.

And while each canine contestant had its own unsightly features, all of them had heartwarming stories, from neglect and abandonment to disabilities and surgeries.

Second prize is always presented to a dog and their owner who have overcome particularly hard obstacles or who provide a special service to their community.

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