(USA TODAY) -- These dogs are, well, dogs - sporting scraggly (or no) fur, lopsided
faces and gremlin grins. Icky looks two going on 200. Squiggy has Yoda
ears, half his teeth and a tongue that refuses to stay stuck in his
mouth. Gromit has a potbelly and a permanent underbite. Other names defy
any need for description: Creature, Mugly, Rascal, Ratdog.
Meet some of the 27 canine contestants vying for the title of World's Ugliest Dog, being held today for the 25th year at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California.
you think organizers are barking mad to put these pitiful pooches on a
pedestal, understand that this is a most serious competition, so
cutthroat that online voting, which doesn't actually count toward
anointing the top (under)dog, is nonetheless watched over at NSA-like
levels. Seems this dog-no-pony show is catnip for horseplay.
times hacking and illegal voting have occurred. We are monitoring this
daily and delete suspicious votes," reads the website. "The fair
reserves the right to remove votes that are obvious duplications or the
result of hacking." And then an ominous: "Take it up with your
Cringe, cry or grin at the gallery, then pick your favorite pathetic pup here.
VIEW: Top 3 winners