(By The Associated Press)

Scamp the Tramp’s looks have made him a winner — but it wasn’t a beauty contest…

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

Owner Yvonne Morones of Santa Rosa won an appearance with Scamp on the “Today” show, $1,500 in cash, another $1,500 to donate to an animal shelter — and bragging rights.

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

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Organizers say the contest isn’t just skin-deep. It’s also about bringing attention to the needs of rescue dogs. Most competitors were previously abandoned or rescued from kill shelters in the U.S.

Here are some of the other entrants in the World’s Ugliest Dog contest:

Dane Andrew holds Rascal aloft while competing in the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Friday, June 21, 2019. Andrew says that although Rascal has taken top honors in eight competitions, he has yet to win Petaluma. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Puka prepares to compete in the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., on Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
FILE – In this June 23, 218 file photo, Himisaboo, a Chinese crested and dachshund mix, walks onstage during the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif. Nineteen contestants featuring droopy tongues, bowed legs, perpetually confused looks and other strange attributes are going nose-to-nose in the annual competition Friday, June 21, 2109. Most competitors were previously abandoned or rescued from kill shelters in the U.S. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu,File)
Himisaboo, who also goes by Trump Dog, competes in the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Wild Thang, a 3-year-old Pekingese, competes in the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest with owner Ann Lewis at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Friday, June 21, 2019. Wild Thing went on to win second place. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Scamp the Tramp is held by Darlene Wright after winning the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., on Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Scamp the Tramp rests after winning the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
FILE – In this June 23, 2108, file photo, Zsa Zsa, an English bulldog, is carried by owner Megan Brainard during the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif. Nineteen contestants featuring droopy tongues, bowed legs, perpetually confused looks and other strange attributes are going nose-to-nose in the annual competition Friday, June 21, 2109. Most competitors were previously abandoned or rescued from kill shelters in the U.S. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
FILE – In this June 23, 2018, file photo Rascal Deux is held by owner Dane Andrew before competing in the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif. Nineteen contestants featuring droopy tongues, bowed legs, perpetually confused looks and other strange attributes are going nose-to-nose in the annual competition Friday, June 21, 2109. Most competitors were previously abandoned or rescued from kill shelters in the U.S. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu,File)
Dane Andrew kisses his dog Rascal before the start of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, Friday, June 21, 2019 in Petaluma, Calif. Andrew says that although Rascal has taken top honors in eight competitions, he has yet to win Petaluma. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Tee Tee prepares to compete in the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Friday, June 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

 

 

Author: ANA Newswire