World’s Ugliest Dog Dies Just Two Weeks After Earning Accolade

Bulldogs are sloppy, smelly, and incredibly sweet—all reasons that precisely define what we love so much about the breed. But because of their short snouts, English Bulldogs are known to often suffer from or are more susceptible to illness, disease and shorter life spans. Unfortunately, that was the case for Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old bulldog who was just crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog just two weeks ago, who unfortunately just passed away, according to People.

 

 

Although Zsa Zsa went out winning, she had a rough life as a younger dog. “She was a puppy mill dog for 5 years in Missouri, and instead of placing her in a loving home at her end of breeding, she was put in a dog auction,” according to her competition profile. “Zsa Zsa was then purchased by Underdog Rescue. Her mother saw her beautiful picture on pet finder and HAD TO HAVE HER! She now lives out her retired life in Anoka, MN.”

 

 

For the past few weeks, Zsa Zsa had been posting up at her owner Megan Brainard’s father’s home—but when he woke up Tuesday, he found the bulldog passed away, seemingly peacefully in her sleep.

 

Brainard told the Today show she was “devastated” and “still in shock,” although she held a special ceremony for the bulldog with her 15-month old daughter. We’re still in shock too—and sending Brainard and her family lots of love and light during this difficult time.

 

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Rachel Zoldan

Rachel Jacoby Zoldan is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City with her husband two cats, Gerry and Cookie. (Who are, yes, named after a film about dogs.)