The yearly competition for the World’s Ugliest Dog was held last June 21 during the Sonoma-Marin Fair in its usual venue at Petaluma, California. The lucky winner for 2019 is Scamp the Tramp – a small, round dog with undetermined breeding. He has beady eyes and dreadlocked hair that points in any direction.
Eighteen dogs with different kinds of unusually not-so-adorable features joined the contest. Despite their uniqueness, every pup was full of sweetness just the same.
As the winner, Scamp the Tramp won $1,500 prize money, a trophy which is much bigger than himself and a free trip to New York City. He also received another $1,500 which he will donate to his favorite animal shelter.
This is not Scamp’s first time to join the contest because, in 2018, he already won the third prize for being the world’s ugliest dog. Despite his appearance, Yvonne Morones, the pet owner, loves him very much and is very proud of him. Scamp’s resume states his volunteering works for children and for people facing challenges. He also participated in events representing the Humane Society of Sonoma County among others.
The second prize went to Wild Thang, a Pekingese with an unusual tongue and little bulging eyes owned by Ann Lewis. The third prize was given to a dog named Tostito that has a hanging tongue and damaged ears that makes him look like he has been electrocuted. Owned by Holly Horgan, Tostito also received the Spirit Award.
Ms. Morones adopted Scamp in 2014 after she found his photo on Petfinder.com. Animal shelter volunteers in Los Angeles found him romping around the streets of Compton, California munching on Taco Bell wrappers before being rescued. She also had four chihuahuas aside from Scamp.
Incidentally, Scamp is the 3rd Ugliest Dog winner in Ms. Morones’s dog family. Her two pet dogs – Nana and Munchkins – also won the title in the past. Maybe, she has a penchant for adopting dogs with peculiar looks that will pass as “ugly.”
The Ugliest Dog Contest wants to celebrate dogs which do not have very adorable features and at the same time raise the awareness of the public about adoption shelters and dog rescues where most of the dog contestants come from.
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