The dog is three years old and weighs a whopping 125 pounds.
Meet Martha! She’s now a world champion.
Impressing the judges with what appeared to be her “300 pounds” of droopy skin on her long bones, she won the crown along with a trophy, a trip to NY and $1500 (USD).
The Sonoma-Marin Fair, where the event takes place, says the event typically includes lots of dogs that have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills.
Martha hasn’t always been showered with laurels.
Zindler and Martha walked away with $1,500, a flashy trophy, a trip to NY for media appearances and our undying love. She was the only animal in this year’s contest too big to be held by her handler.
Zindler said that Martha was almost blind when she was rescued, but after multiple surgeries, she’s able to see out of one eye (although her eyes are now red). She constantly plopped down on her side on the stage, her droopy face spread out when she was supposed to be showing off. Martha, a Neapolitan mastiff, competes while being escorted by Shirley Zindler in the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 23, 2017, in Petaluma, Calif. Martha was named the victor of the contest.
The contestants were judged on first impressions, unusual attributes, personality and audience reaction. However, with his strong sense of smell, Moe was able to enjoy funnel cakes and other fried items.
Runners up were Brussells squiffy-faced griffon pug Moe, who came in second place, and Chase, a half-bald Chinese crested-Harke mix who came third.
“The annual Contest celebrates those dogs that may not earn a Best of Show, but are lovable and adoptable anyway”.
Although, some may think it’s cruel to enter a dog into such a contest, Zindler says it’s actually all about promoting rescuing and adopting dogs that aren’t “traditionally attractive”.
Numerous contestants were adopted after the event.
The competition – which goes viral every year – usually attracts smaller dogs that compete for a $1,500 prize and a big, flashy trophy, but it’s Martha who was crowned the victor this time!
Since then, Martha, who is 3 1/2 years old, has been spayed and has undergone two eye surgeries and stomach surgery. His owner, Jason Wurtz, told reporters the 4-pound dog was a gift to his ex-wife.