Ugliest dog dies in its sleep weeks after contest win
The World's Ugliest Dog 2018 has died at the age of nine, her owner has said.
English bulldog Zsa Zsa won the World's Ugliest Dog title just two weeks ago in Petaluma, California.
Owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, said the dog died in her sleep early on Tuesday morning.
"She's been staying over at my dad's house. He woke up this morning and found her passed away," Ms Brainard told Today.
The annual competition started out as a parody of the more traditional pure-breed dog contests.
The death of Zsa Zsa, and the contest as a whole, points to a wider issue in dog breeding.