Ugliest dog dies in its sleep weeks after contest win

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.

Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, Zsa Zsa's owner, called the dog's death "devastating", as reported by Today, July 11.

"I'm in shock still", Brainard told CNN sister network HLN. Zsa Zsa and her family made a long road trip to compete in the World's Ugliest Dog contest, which is held in Petaluma, Calif.

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"I picked Zsa Zsa up and took her outside and laid her down in the grass", the pet owner shared.

Zsa Zsa was up for the title of Ugliest Dog against some fierce competition: a blackhead-covered Chinese crested-dachshund mutt, a bulldog mix with excess wrinkly skin and a Pekingese named Wild Thang.

Brainard says Zsa Zsa never really showed much excitement, but that she knew she was special. The dog had previously been rescued from a puppy mill in Missouri when she was 5 years old, according to the newspaper. "We were all saying our goodbyes and Mareslie went right over and gave her a kiss". She bested 13 other dogs to claim the top spot.

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