Saturday 21 September 2019

Scamp the Tramp wins California Ugly Dog Contest

Most competitors were previously abandoned or rescued from shelters in the US.

Scamp the Tramp after winning the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest (Noah Berger/AP)
Scamp the Tramp after winning the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest (Noah Berger/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Scamp the Tramp’s looks have made him a winner — but it was not a beauty contest.

The snaggle-haired, bug-eyed pooch took the top prize at the 31st annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, California.

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Scamp the Tramp (Noah Berger/AP)

Owner Yvonne Morones of Santa Rosa won an appearance with Scamp on the Today show, 1,500 US dollars (£1,178) in cash, another 1,500 US dollars to donate to an animal shelter — and bragging rights.

Scamp, an adopted street dog, beat 18 other contestants who showed off their droopy tongues, bowed legs and other strange attributes.

Organisers say the contest is not just skin-deep. It is also about bringing attention to the needs of rescue dogs.

Most competitors were previously abandoned or rescued from shelters in the US.

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