Martha had the perfect blend of beauty and beast that the judges were looking for at this year's World's Ugliest Dog contest

By Kelli Bender
June 24, 2017 08:51 AM

They brought their best bad hair days, crazy eyes and snaggle teeth, but only one canine could be crowned “The Ugliest.”

On Friday, the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, held its annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest and Martha, a “gassy” and gentle 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff, went home with the top prize, beating out 13 fierce competitors.

For sharing that ugly-cute mug with the world, Martha won $1,500, a trophy and a trip to New York City to meet adoring fans and the press.

A contestant named Icky
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Chase, a contestant
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Contestant Moe
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The World’s Ugliest Dog contest has been a Sonoma-Marin Fair staple for more than 25 years and is held as a celebration of the inherent beauty in all dogs, especially those who won’t be picking up a Westminster ribbon any time soon. Most of this year’s contestants were also adopted, and festival organizers work to be sure that the “adopt, don’t shop” mantra is a part of the big day.

Congrats Martha on your big win. Never change!