Zsa Zsa the English bulldog wins Ugliest Dog contest

Wild Thang a Pekingese was also in the competition but failed to be ugly enough

- A counterintuitive but highly sought-after award, that of the World's Ugliest Dog, went to a rescued English bulldog, Zsa Zsa, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma Saturday.

Josie finished third in the contest and Scamp, a dog owned by Yvonne Morones of Santa Rosa, finished second among the 14 dogs that competed. This world-renowned event celebrates the imperfections that make all dogs special and unique.

It was a ruff night for her competitors, who included a bulldog with furrowed excess skin, a matted ball of fluff called Wild Thang (a Pekingese) and a Chinese Crested-Dachsund with blackheads.

The 9-year-old victor, named Zsa Zsa, was found via a pet-finding site by owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minn., according to a biography supplied for the contest.

During the competition, she often plopped down on her side on stage with her droopy face spread across the ground when she was supposed to be showing off. Here's what our winning pup's profile had to say about her life before World's Ugliest Dog stardom.

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Last year's victor was a 125-pound (57-kilogram) gentle giant named Martha - a Neopolitan Mastiff with gas and a droopy face.

Ms Brainard found Zsa Zsa on a pet-finding site, according to the contest bio.

The contest is in its 30th year.

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

Rather than poke fun at the dogs, the competition celebrates canines in all their shapes and sizes, many of whom, like this year's victor, come from shelters or puppy mills. It is usually held on Friday nights, but organisers moved the competition to Saturday in an effort to draw a bigger audience.

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