"I'm in shock still", she told CNN sister network HLN.
"I picked Zsa Zsa up and took her outside and laid her down in the grass", the pet owner shared.
Zsa Zsa with her floppy tongue, crooked teeth and pink manicure won the annual contest on June 23 at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California.
Its upper teeth were nearly horizontal and it also had a pronounced underbite.
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After she was made top ugly dog, her family said: "We are so excited for her; she deserves this". "He woke up this morning and found her passed away". She was purchased by a rescue group after spending the first five years of her life in a Missouri puppy mill.
"From the moment we saw her lovely face, we knew we would be her forever home", Brainard said.
The English bulldog was reportedly named after Hungarian-American actress Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Zsa Zsa was up for the title of Ugliest Dog against some fierce competition: a blackhead-covered Chinese crested-dachshund mutt, a bulldog mix with excess wrinkly skin and a Pekingese named Wild Thang.