Ugly dogs return for annual USA contest

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To refer to it by its full name, that's the "Sonoma-Marin Fair World's Ugliest Dog Contest".

The annual contest is held as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair to raise awareness of adoption efforts. After all, we don't want her taking up space where a TRULY ugly dog could shine. This world-renowned event celebrates the imperfections that make all dogs special and unique.

Last year's victor was Martha - a 125lb Neapolitan Mastiff with gas and a droopy face.

Zsa Zsa the English bulldog took out this year's title.

According to her biography, she was found through a pet-finding site by owner Megan Brainard, from Minnesota. The dogs and their handlers walk down a red carpet.

Dogs without hair, dogs with lolling tongues and other imperfections from all over the U.S., as well as other countries, participate in the fair.

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While older and smaller dogs have traditionally been the best performers, this year's World's Ugliest Dog prize went to a three-year-old, 125-pound (57-kilos) Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha.

She was then purchased by Underdog Rescue. It took several surgeries before she was able to see again.

Other contestants included a blackhead-covered Chinese Crested-Dachshund mutt, a bulldog mix with excess wrinkly skin and a Pekingese named Wild Thang.

The contest was in its 30th year this year and although it's usually held on Fridays, it was held on Saturday this year to help gain a bigger audience.

Wild Thang, a two year old Pekingese, at the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest.

The competition has a serious side, as many of its entrants have been rescued from puppy mills and animal shelters.

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