Zsa Zsa the English Bulldog, Winner of World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, Dies at 9

Zsa Zsa, an English bulldog that won the World’s Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, Calif., in June, has died.
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Zsa Zsa the English bulldog, whose droopy tongue, protruding teeth and penchant for Slim Jims earned her fleeting moments of fame last month as the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest, died on Tuesday. She was 9.

Her death was announced by her owner, Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minn., who said the dog had died in her sleep. She said Zsa Zsa had not been having any health issues. The average life expectancy for bulldogs, according to the American Kennel Club, is eight to 10 years.

The news of her death was first reported by TODAY.com.

Zsa Zsa’s life had modest beginnings. She spent the first five years in a puppy mill in Missouri before she was put up for auction and bought by a rescue group.

After Ms. Brainard adopted her, Zsa Zsa spent her days lounging around, refusing to do much of anything unless food was involved. Her favorite snacks? A Slim Jim or a steak burrito from Chipotle.

But her life turned into a cross-country whirlwind after she won the World’s Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, Calif., on June 23.

Her family drove 30 hours from Minnesota to enter her in the contest, which is actually a celebration of unsightly dogs and is intended to promote pet adoption.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Sarah Mervosh