Martha, crowned World’s ugliest dog
Three-year-old Martha with owner Shirley Zindler Martha, a Neapolitan mastiff, has been named this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog. The annual competition, now it its 29th year, was held in Petaluma, California. .
Martha, with owner Shirley Zindler, beat 13 other contenders to be presented with a trophy and a $1,500 (£1,200) prize. The big-jowled crowd-pleaser will now be flown to New York for “media appearances”, according to the organisers. .
The Sonoma-Marin Fair, where the event takes place, says the event typically includes lots of dogs that have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills. Martha is a former rescued dog who went nearly blind from neglect, said Ms Zindler. .
After various operations, she can now see again and is pain-free. The panel based their decisions on first impressions, unusual attributes, personality and audience reaction, the agency added. .
“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.