'Drooling, snoring, gassy' mastiff named World's Ugliest Dog

A Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha was crowned the World's Ugliest Dog in the 29th year of the annual contest. He had lost his hearing and sight but his sense of smell is strong and he was enjoying all the smells at the Sonoma-Marin Fair where the contest is held, including funnel cakes and other fried goodies. But Martha isn't actually that ugly, especially when compared to her competitors.

While most years the champion of the Sonoma-Marin Fair's signature event in California is usually a puppety Chinese crested or cross-eyed Chihuahua (or some unholy mixture in between), 2017 is the year of the big, ugly dog.

Besides the honor of the title, which she will hold until next year's contest, Martha gets $1500, a trophy and a trip to NY.

The World's Ugliest Dog contest, which Sobel has judged for about 10 years, celebrates the pooches whose faces only a mother could love.

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"Do you know you just won the World's Ugliest Dog Contest?" asked Kerry Sanders of NBC News, one of three judges who gave Martha the title. She was rescued from a Craigslist ad (of all godforsaken places) by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Sonoma County, had several surgeries to correct her vision, and can now see.

Moe, a 16-year-old Brussels Griffon-pug mix from Santa Rosa, California, who was the oldest in the competition, came in second.

A Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha sits next to a trophy after after winning the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on June 23, 2017 in Petaluma, California.

Numerous contestants were adopted.

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This year's victor, Martha, is owned by Shirley Zindler.

If anyone is anxious about Martha's self-esteem following her entry into the Ugliest Dog contest, much less her being crowned the victor, she's cool with it. "Martha thinks she's lovely". Monkey, a 6-year-old Brussels Griffon, and Icky, an 8-year-old unknown breed, were both saved from the homes of hoarders.

"I'll see the animal and say, 'Oh boy".

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