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Meet Sweepee Rambo -- the world's ugliest dog

June 28, 2016 09:46 IST

The 17-year-old Chinese Crested Chihuahua with bowed legs, an oozing sore and wearing doggie diapers took home the $1,500 (Rs 1.01 lakh) prize.

IMAGE: Jason Wurtz of Van Nuys, California, holds his dog Sweepee Rambo after winning the 2016 World’s Ugliest Dog contest. All photographs: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A 17-year-old blind Chinese Crested Chihuahua named SweePee Rambo, whose legs are bowed out like a frog, has an oozing sore and wears doggie diapers, has been crowned as the World’s Ugliest Dog this year.

SweePee Rambo took home the title of top dog at Petaluma’s World’s Ugliest Dog contest in his third attempt.

IMAGE: Prescila Wilkins holds her dog Sophie, a Chihuahua mix before the start of the contest. 

Her blonde mohawk glistening in the sun, legs bowed out like a frog, SweePee was a crowd favourite at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma, California, where 16 malformed pooches paraded for the annual, infamous honour in front of an audience.

It was the 28th year for the contest, which scores dogs based on bad appearance, including stench, poor complexion and a host of other inherited and acquired maladies.

For SweePee’s third run at the grand prize, owner Jason Wurtz, 44, drove seven hours north from Encino in a van packed full of fans and relatives.

IMAGE: Icky, a Chinese Crested looks on during the contest. Dogs from all over the country are competing for the honor of being the world’s ugliest dog.

When the Chinese Crested Chihuahua mix was announced the winner on Friday night, Wurtz burst into tears, shouting SweePee’s name and shaking a homemade sign that read ‘SweePee Rambo for President 2016’.

The champion, SweePee, was a four-pound pup and in much better shape when Jason Wurtz got her as a gift for his first wife. She put up with the ugly mug for a week before swearing off the dog.

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Wurtz, however, said he could not bear to let her go, calling her a “ride or die chick” in the description he wrote for the contest.

An aged ‘lady’ now, she is blind in both eyes and wears doggie diapers. And she really cannot do much walking, so Wurtz carries her around.

IMAGE: The perfect shag?  Yvonne Morones of Santa Rosa, California, holds her dog Scamp. 

Along with their first-place title and trophy, the two will take home a prize of $1,500 (Rs 1.01 lakh)-- money Wurtz said would go toward removing a tumour that has recently popped up on SweePee’s gum line.

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The winner last year was Quasi Modo, who had short spine syndrome, a birth defect.

IMAGE: Mayzie Brown, a Pomeranian, struts her stuff on stage. 

IMAGE: Linda Elmquist of Tucson, Arizona, holds her dog Josie. Josie came in second place thanks to that tongue of hers, which never ends. 
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