Meet Martha, the big, lazy, gassy winner of World's Ugliest Dog Contest


Martha, a three-year-old, 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff, may be lazy and slow, but she's also a champion.

Moe was this year's most senior contestant.

A 125-pound gentle giant named Martha has been crowned the victor of the 29th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest.

Martha wins $1,500, a trophy that's bigger than her, and a trip to New York City for media appearances.

She was rescued when she was almost blind.

The 29th annual contest held in Petaluma, CA featured 14 of the world's ugliest canines, who competed for a trophy and a $1,500 prize.

Martha hasn't always been showered with laurels.

Zindler rescued Martha from the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Sonama County, CBS reports.

The only animal in this year's contest too big to be held by her handler, Martha beat out 13 other dogs, majority the kind of older, smaller dogs who win here.

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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.

And the competition was indeed formidable - as you can see below.

Numerous contestants were adopted.

She beat out 13 other dogs. He has lost his hearing and sight but his sense of smell is strong and he was enjoying all the smells the fairground offered - including funnel cakes and other fried goodies.

The annual competition in Petaluma, California, judges mutts on a variety of attributes, including special or unusual features, personality and natural all-round ugliness.

The contestants include Monkey, a 6-year-old Brussels Griffon, and Icky, an 8-year-old unknown breed, both of whom were rescued from hoarding. But for their owners, it was love at first sight.

'He's my sexy boy, ' Vicky Adler, of Davis, California, said of her eight-year-old Chinese Crested named Zoomer.

Besides the main crown, the Spirit Award is presented to a dog and owner who have overcome obstacles or provide service to their community, organizers said.