Droopy Mastiff crowned 2017 world's ugliest dog (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Martha, with her droopy red eyes, uncontrollable drool and baggy skin, is, as one person described her, "so ugly she's attractive".

She told Zindler she could offer Martha 11 acres at her family's home, where Martha could befriend Blue, explore the banks of a lake and rest underneath apricot and cherry trees.

That is, the jowly 3-year-old Neapolitan mastiff has some remarkably expansive cheeks - so expansive, in fact, they droop practically to her knees and flap like slobbery wings when she shakes her head.

The annual event celebrates the unique features that make some dogs "so ugly that they're actually cute".

The dog, who won all hearts with her droopy red eyes, uncontrollable drool and baggy skin, was rescued when she was almost blind from neglect by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Sonoma County. Some were homely, some were unkempt and some were downright grotesque but only one would walk away the champion - the world's ugliest dog.

Zindler is fostering the three-year-old Neapolitan Mastiff, a breed known for its excess loose skin and a tendency to drool.

She was a favorite of the Northern California crowd from the start, often plopping down on her side on stage with her droopy face spread across the ground when she was supposed to be showing off. In 2009 the Sonoma-Marin Fair trademarked the phrase World's Ugliest Dog. After several surgeries, she can now see again, [handler Shirley] Zindler said.

"If you have a dog that is more attractive on the inside than the outside, then this "beauty" contest is for you, " read the contest's poster.

A 16-year-old Brussels Griffon-pug mix was runner up in the competition.

Martha won the title of ugliest dog in a competition that featured 14 pooches.

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