Scamp the Tramp wins California Ugly Dog Contest

Scamp the Tramp wins California Ugly Dog Contest

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.

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.

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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)
Wild Thang, a 3-year old Pekingese, is shown before the start of the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 21, 2019. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Scamp The Tramp is seen on stage after being announced the winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 21, 2019. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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)
Scamp the Tramp celebrates after taking top honors in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Friday, June 21, 2019. At left is Kerry Sanders, one of the judges. (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)
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)
Scamp the Tramp celebrates after taking top honors in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., Friday, June 21, 2019. At left is Kerry Sanders, one of the judges. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Puka, who has a cleft lip, awaits the start of the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 21, 2019. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) / ALTERNATIVE CROP (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Owner Dane Andrew hugs his dog Rascal Deux, a naturally hairless mixwith a crooked face, two different colored eyes and a loose tongue, during the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 21, 2019. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Rascal Deux, a naturally hairless mix with a crooked face, two different colored eyes and a loose tongue, walks the stage during the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 21, 2019. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Grendol, a pitbull mastiff mix, walks the red carpet during the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 21, 2019. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Himisaboo, a Chinese crested hairless red-headed Weiner dog mix known for resembling US President Donald Trump walks on stage during the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 21, 2019. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Wild Thang, a 3-year old Pekingese who went on to take second place, walks the stage during the World's Ugliest Dog Competition in Petaluma, California on June 21, 2019. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 21: Molly Horgan holds her dog Tostito during the start of the World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair on June 21, 2019 in Petaluma, California. A dog named Scamp the Tramp from Santa Rosa, California won the annual World's Ugliest Dog contest. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 21: A dog named Rascal looks on before the start of the World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Marin-Sonoma County Fair on June 21, 2019 in Petaluma, California. Ugly dogs from across the country participate in the World's Ugliest Dog contest. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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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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