Huge, homely mastiff named Martha wins world's ugliest dog

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On Friday she lumbered away with $1,500 (£1,170), a flashy trophy and a trip to NY for media appearances, all things she could hardly care less about.

A blind Chihuahua-Chinese Crested mix named Sweepee Rambo bested 16 other ugly entries in last year's competition.

Martha's handler, Shirley Zindler, replied: "I'd gloat, but I need a nap".

Martha, just three-years-old, stole the hearts and hurt the eyes of the crowd in northern California on Friday when she plopped down on her side and a drooped her long face across the floor when she should have been performing for the panel of judges.

The World's Ugliest Dog Contest is held every year.

Handler Shirley Zindler told The Associated Press that she rescued Martha when the dog was nearly blind, but her sight has been restored after several surgeries.

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A blind Chihuahua-Chinese Crested mix named Sweepee Rambo bested 16 other ugly entries in last year's competition and waddled away with $1,500, a trophy and a flight to NY with her owner for media appearances.

Chase, a 14-year-old Chinese Crested-Harke mix, came all the way from Neath, United Kingdom to take third place.

The 3-year-old hound beat out 13 other canines for the title, including a bald Chinese Crested pooch and a mixed breed named Icky.

Organizers say the contest has been held in Petaluma for more than 50 years and is in its 29th year at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

"He's my sexy boy", Vicky Adler, of Davis, California, said of her 8-year-old Chinese Crest named Zoomer. The contestants were judged on first impressions, unusual attributes, personality and audience reaction.

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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