Scamp the Tramp has won the world’s ugliest dog competition but has reminded us all that it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
The competition has been running for 31 years in Northern California and aims to spread awareness in regards to the importance of rescue dogs.
“He’s Scamp the Champ, no longer Scamp the Tramp,” Owner Yvonne Morones told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat after the victory.
Scamp the Tramp, who was last years runner up, was crowned champion over 18 other contestants due to his “matted black and grey hair, short legs and extremely round body” but also due to his volunteer work.
“I think the audience saw his beautiful spirit and everything he’s given back to the community” Ms Morones remarked.
Scamp the Tramp was rescued in 2014 after Ms Morones noticed him on Pet Finder.
She was extremely happy she adopted him after she saw him bobbing his head along to Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ on the car ride to his new forever home.
Scamp the Tramp has won an appearance on the Today show, a cash prize and another cash prize to donate to the animal shelter of his choice.
Wild Thang, a beady-eyed Pekinese, came in second place, while Tostito, a droopy tongued and physically damaged Chihuahua, came in third.
The contest wants to show to the world that despite the dog’s physical deformities, they all deserve a loving home with most of the competitors originally being rescued from kill shelters in the US.
So if you’re in the market for your next furry best friend, think about rescuing a dog who might not be the obvious choice, I promise you won’t regret it!