Winning smile of world's ugliest dog

Martha (above and left), the sleepy winner of the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog Contest, getting some help to show a "bright smile" during the judging on stage in Petaluma, California, last Friday. Weighing almost 57kg, the three-year-old Neapolitan masti
Martha, the sleepy winner of the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog Contest, getting some help to show a "bright smile" during the judging on stage in Petaluma, California, last Friday.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

Martha, the sleepy winner of the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog Contest, getting some help to show a "bright smile" during the judging on stage in Petaluma, California, last Friday.

Weighing almost 57kg, the three-year-old Neapolitan mastiff was the only dog out of 14 contestants that was too big to be carried on stage by its owner.

Martha had chronic pain and was nearly blind from a long-neglected eye condition when it was rescued in Sebastopol in Sonoma County.

After several operations, the canine finally regained much of its sight and is now pain-free.

It now lives with animal-control officer Shirley Zindler, who said Martha is not allowed to sleep in the bedroom because its "sawmill snores" are unbearable, The Press Democrat reported.


Martha, the sleepy winner of the 2017 World's Ugliest Dog Contest, getting some help to show a "bright smile" during the judging on stage in Petaluma, California, last Friday. PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE,
EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

For becoming the top dog, Martha will receive a prize of US$1,500 (S$2,100) and will fly to New York to appear on television.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 25, 2017, with the headline 'Winning smile of world's ugliest dog'. Print Edition | Subscribe