A winner has been crowned in the annual World's Ugliest Dog competition - and his owner is thrilled.

A winner has been crowned in the annual World’s Ugliest Dog competition – and his owner is thrilled.

Jeneda Benally took home the prize money of $1500 after her dog, Mr Happy Face, was announced the winner at this year’s ceremony in Petaluma, California.

While the 17-year-old Chinese Crested pooch took the top spot, there were several worthy runners up.

Ann Lewis’s fluffy pup Wild Thing came in at second place while Scotch Haley’s dog Monkey came third.

The contest, which promotes adoption of animals over buying from a breeder, was held yesterday in the Sonoma County city of Petaluma after a two-year break due to the pandemic.

Mr. Happy Face himself was adopted by owner Jeneda, after he was rescued from a hoarder’s home.

This year’s judges included comedians Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart.

Jeneda Benally’s pup Mr. Happy Face, who looks anytihng but cheerful, was crowned this year’s winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog competition

Ann Lewis’s pooch Wild Thing was a worthy runner up in the competition, with his tongue hanging out and ever-so-slightly frizzy hair shooting off in all directions

This lovely little pug China Su, who was rescued from China, waited patiently for her turn on stage at the competition

Several hopeful pooches attended the awards ceremony with their owners – but many left disappointed after not picking up any awards

Mr Happy Face, who was rescued by his owner Jeneda from a hoarder’s house, didn’t look thrilled about his new title

While Mr Happy Face struggled to show any emotion over the occasion, his owner Jeneda was all smiles as she presented the 17-year-old to the judges

Jeneda proudly paraded her pup onstage to show him off to the judges, comedians Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart

The contestants and their owners had a nervous wait as they waited for the winner of World’s Ugliest Dog to be announced

Judges Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart had tough decisions to make – but were thrilled to meet the pups

Jeneda looked thrilled as she celebrated winning the proze money of $1500 with Mr Happy Face after he was crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog

Although they were just pipped to the post, Ann Lewis from Oregon proudly displayed her dog Wild Thing for the camera after he was announced the second World’s Ugliest Dog

Scotch Haley’s pooch Monkey came third at the competition after being closely beaten by Mr Happy Face and Wild Thing

The top three contestants and their owners posed for photos after the winner was announced

This adorable pooch, who looks too cute to enter the competition, waited patiently for the day’s events to be over

The sweet pug andwas held up in all his ugly but cute glory in front of the judges, who had a tough decision to make

A hopeful dog owner sits with her pooch at the awards ceremony, which was held yesterday after a two-year break due to the pandemic

Mr Happy Face, who has a protruding tongue and patchy fur, was a worthy winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog Crown but had to be covered with a blanket as the weather cooled down – after all, he barely has a natural coat to keep himself warm

Some owners and their pets left a little disappointed – but hopeful that next year might be their year

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