Zsa Zsa, the English bulldog, named the world's ugliest dog

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Going into this year's World Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, Linda Elmquist of Tucson, Arizona, had high hopes that her dog could make another run at the title.

Zsa Zsa and her owner Megan Brainard were awarded $1,500 in prize money.

Nine-year-old Zsa Zsa belongs to Megan Brainard, who will pick up $1,500 (£1,130) for her pooch's win.

Named after the late Hungarian actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, the dog spent five years in a puppy mill in Missouri before she was put up for auction and bought by a group called Underdog Rescue. The tongue dangled at least four inches under her jaw while Zsa Zsa rested, similar to the melting watch of Salvador Dali's painting "The Persistence of Memory".

If you're worrying about the feelings of all the little four-legged guys taking part (I was; I'm not going to lie) then worry not - the ugliest dog competition aims to raise awareness of doggy adoptions and reminds people that all dogs, no matter how unconventional they may look, deserve to be loved.

The 30th World's Ugliest Dog Contest took place this weekend and there were some outstanding entries. It was held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, Calif., north of San Francisco.

This year's dogs include a blackhead-covered Chinese Crested-Dachshund mutt and a bulldog mix with excess wrinkly skin.

Last year's victor was a 57-kilogram gentle giant named Martha - a Neopolitan mastiff with gas and a droopy face.

While older and smaller dogs have traditionally been the best performers, this year's World's Ugliest Dog prize went to a three-year-old, 125-pound (57-kilos) Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha. Contestants are also judged on first impressions, unusual attributes, personality and audience reaction.