'Ugliest Dog' is big, drooly and gassy

OK, so she isn’t going to Westminster any time soon. But Martha, a 3-year-old Neapolitan Mastiff, recently won the distinction of World’s Ugliest Dog by beating 13 other pooches at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in California. She has excessive flaps of skin, heavy drool and bright red half-blind eyes and is “A 125-pound, drooling, snoring, gassy, loud and silly girl," said Shirley Dawn Zindler, who was fostering Martha. The so-homely-she’s-cute dog won $1,500 and a 5-feet tall trophy, as well as a trip to New York to appear on “The Today Show.” Many of the competitors this year were adopted. In Martha’s case, her previous owner had tried to sell her on Craigslist when Zindler, founder of the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project, intervened. Martha had been almost blind from neglect, but several surgeries later, Martha has regained some of her sight. She now lives on a sprawling property in Penngrove, Calif., with a new adopted family. Want to read more about Martha? Click here”


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