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World's Ugliest Dog Contest victor is gentle giant saved from blindness

25 June 2017

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 constantly plopped down on her side on the stage, her droopy face spread out when she was supposed to be showing off.

She's a 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff. She won out of 13 dogs and her own couldn't be more proud of her.

Her handler Shirley Zindler told CTV News Channel after the event that entering Martha into the contest was "kind of a last minute thing".

Despite her imperfections, Martha was an endearing "gentle giant", Zindler said. It took several surgeries before she was able to see again, Zindler said.

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Second place went to a 16-year-old Brussels Giffon-pug mix named Moe - the oldest in the competition.

The contestants came from across the country and one even came from as far away as England to compete with the top of the low and the title of the most unattractive dog in the world.

There are countless varieties of frightful floofs out there, and in a legendary battle to find the most unsightly oddball of all, one will rise above the rest to be crowned World's Ugliest Dog.

These dogs - some with acne, others with tongues permanently sticking out - are used to getting called ugly.

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Jessica Burkard of Penngrove, California, saw a attractive companion for her St. Bernard when she found Martha, a 125-pound Neapolitan mastiff. He has lost his hearing and sight but his sense of smell is strong and he was enjoying all the smells the fairground offered - including funnel cakes and other fried goodies.

The contest is judged based on both appearance and personality.

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

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World's Ugliest Dog Contest victor is gentle giant saved from blindness