World's ugliest dog dies weeks after winning title

Josh Edelson—AFP

Zsa Zsa's 15 minutes in the limelight are over: the copiously drooling English bulldog named the World's "Ugliest Dog" just weeks ago has died.

Jesse Larson, who owns the dog with Megan Brainard, told Fox 9 Zsa Zsa passed away in her sleep overnight Tuesday morning.

"She is just so ugly, she's lovely", Brainard told the New York Times last month.

A news release announcing Zsa Zsa's victory in late June in Petaluma, California, said: "Nine years young with a swaggering tongue, Zsa Zsa delivered a shower of slobber as she claimed this year's title".

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THE world's ugliest dog has died. "Sweetest dog I've ever met".

Her owner was awarded $1,500 for Zsa Zsa's win.

After Ms. Brainard adopted her, Zsa Zsa spent her days lounging around, refusing to do much of anything unless food was involved. "We take millions of pictures in my family, so now we have her face everywhere to remind us of her", added Brainard. She said Zsa Zsa had not been having any health issues.

Dogs in the annual competition flaunt their imperfections - some have hairless bodies, others have lolling tongues.

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