Newly crowned ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’ Zsa Zsa dies

Zsa Zsa an English Bulldog stood onstage after being announced the winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma Marin Fair in Petaluma C

Zsa Zsa is survived by her owners, Megan and Jesse Brainard, and her human little sister, 15-month-old Mareslie. She was 9 years young. The English bulldog spent her first five years in a puppy mill in Missouri before she was saved by Underdog Rescue, a nonprofit pet rescue rehabilitation and placement organization.

A sad day in the world of dogs. "I'm in shock still", she told CNN sister network HLN.

With her floppy tongue, crooked teeth and pink manicure, Zsa Zsa captured the hearts of the judges at the annual contest in Petaluma, California. Zsa Zsa was staying at Brainard's father's house.

Then her fortune charges on June 23, when she and Brainard won $1,500, "a very large trophy" and a flight to NY to appear on "Today".

Brainard told TODAY that Zsa Zsa's passing was "devastating".

The World's Ugliest Dog title holder died early in the morning.

"I picked Zsa Zsa up and took her outside and laid her down in the grass", she said. "We were all saying our goodbyes".

Ms Brainard said children used to sometimes shake that tongue as if giving a handshake to a paw.

Brainard said she named the pooch after Hungarian actress Zsa Zsa Gabor because she liked to lie on the couch "like a handsome model".

Brainard and the rest of Zsa Zsa's family hosted a ceremony for her in their back yard to honor the pup.

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