Scamp the Tramp has won this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. The 31st annual competition was held at Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in the heart of Northern California this weekend. The contest is a celebration of inner beauty, according to publicist Christy Gentry.
By, 24 Jun 2019
Scamp’s black and grey hair, his matted dreadlocks, shorter-than-normal legs and “extremely round body” were enough to convince the judges that he should be the worthy winner of the 2019 title.
Owned by Yvonne Morones from Santa Rosa, the Pekinese was rescued from certain death in 2014. Previously he had been wandering the streets homeless. Ms Morones picked Scamp from a list of other dogs advertised to be re-homed.
“It was on the way home that I knew I made the right choice,” she said, according to ABC News.
Beauty is not just skin deep
By the time Morones had made her decision to adopt Scamp he was very poorly and in need of medical attention. Morones had chosen him from dozens of other dogs advertised on line.
Organisers say the annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is not an effort to shame dogs and their owners but to promote the benefits of canine adoption. Many of the competitors have been abandoned due to their appearance and those at shelters scheduled to be put down.
At the event dogs and their owners are celebrated. Hundreds of people applaud each contestant as it and their owner walk up and down a red carpet.
"Everyone knows ugliness is in the eye of the beholder and there is no such thing as an “uncomely” canine," said the organisers.
The competition puts to shame those who are more concerned about a dog’s appearance than its nature.
Of Scamp’s win Morones said, “I think the audience saw his beautiful spirit and everything he's given back to the community.”
Scamp accompanies Morones on regular visits to schools and sheltered accommodation.
“What we're really doing is we're showcasing dogs that have been rescued and adopted and brought into loving homes,” Ms Gentry said.
“These are sort of spokesdogs for adoption.”