See photos of the new champ, Scamp the Tramp

Scamp the Tramp Named World's Ugliest Dog at California Fair

Scamp the Tramp Named World's Ugliest Dog at California Fair

Scamp the Tramp and his owner Yvonne Morones won a trip to NY to appear on the "Today" show, plus $1,500 cash and an additional $1,500 to donate to an animal shelter. Morones adopted Scamp from a Los Angeles animal shelter after he was found wandering the streets of Compton, California, licking Taco Bell wrappers. Bob Marley was playing "One Love" and I looked over and little Scamp was bobbing his head.

"He rode home with me in the auto and all the way home he sat next to me", Morones said, adding that the two bonded when the Bob Marley song "One Love", came on the radio, which Morones noticed Scamp was bobbing his head to. "It was like he knew he had found his forever home". But only one pooch could be crowned the ugliest of them all.

This was the decisive moment in which Scamp the Tramp was confirmed as the world's ugliest dog.

This is not the first time Morones has felt the joy of victory at the World's Ugliest Dog competition: the pet owner has two other pups, Nana and Munchkin, who've been named winners in the past.

Darlene Wright holds up Scamp the Tramp as it is announced that he won first prize in the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 21, 2019. Tostito, a chihuahua from ME, went out next.

And competition, as they say, was fierce. Tostito, owned by Molly Horgan of Falmouth, Maine, also won the Spirit Award.

Meatloaf, a bulldog from Sacramento, made the final four, but was eliminated first when he received the weakest cheers. Weird-looking, maybe. Appearance-challenged, perhaps.

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Climbing to the top of the ugliest dog totem pole is no easy feat.

Like Willie Wonka, a sweet-natured pit bull abandoned after he was discovered to have a genetic malady that left his legs so bowed he could barely walk.

A dog named Tostito, who has no teeth or lower jaw, is seen during the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 21, 2019.

"Judges are looking for special attributes like hanging tongues, slobber, drool (the more the better)", she explained. One of her previous pooches, named Nana, was a six-time champion from 1996 through 2002.

"I've never looked for a dog for this", she told the New York Times. Sadly, Zsa Zsa died about a year ago at age 9.

Organizers say the contest isn't just skin-deep. Photos from the fair confirm that Scamp is indeed a very ugly dog. Numerous contestants, according to the competition's website, have been rescued from shelters or puppy mills, and the contest organizers seek to promote adoption as an option for potential pet owners-"no matter [the dogs'] physical detractions". "These are sort of spokesdogs for adoption".

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