Owner of winner of California competition that highlights plight of rescue dogs says: I think the audience saw his beautiful spirit
Scamp the Tramp, a bug-eyed, dreadlocked pooch, took top honours on Friday at the 31st annual Worlds Ugliest Dog Contest.
Owner Yvonne Morones won an appearance with Scamp on the Today show, $1,500 in cash, $1,500 to donate to an animal shelter and a trophy the size of a rottweiler.
Hes Scamp the Champ, no longer Scamp the Tramp, Morones told the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. I think the audience saw his beautiful spirit and everything hes given back to the community.
Scamp makes volunteer visits to schoolchildren and a local senior citizens centre. The street dog from Compton was rescued by Morones in 2014 after she spotted him on Pet Finder.
It was on the way home that I knew I made the right choice, she said. There we were, two strangers in a car on the way home to a new start. Bob Marley was playing One Love and I looked over and little Scamp was bobbing his head. It was like he knew he had found his forever home.
Scamp beat out 18 other contestants who showed off their droopy tongues, bowed legs, perpetually confused looks and other strange attributes. The contestants got to walk the red carpet and preen for adoring fans at Sonoma-Marin fairgrounds in the heart of northern California wine country.
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