This year, 18 contestants competed for the top spot, showing off their droopy tongues, bowed legs, perpetually confused looks, and other strange attributes.
The pup that came out on top though was Scamp the Tramp (now Scamp the Champ), a pup of an unidentifiable breed who won an appearance on The Today Show, $1 500 in cash, $1 500 to donate to an animal shelter, and a trophy the size of a Rottweiler.
Scamp makes volunteer visits to schoolchildren and a local senior citizens centre. The street dog from Compton was rescued by [Yvonne] 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.
The organizers of the event run it to bring attention to the needs of rescue dogs. Most of the competitors were rescued from kill shelters, found abandoned, or seized from criminal breeders.