Perhaps that's because the 2014 winner, Peanut, looked much different when he was born. As a puppy, Peanut was abused by his owner and suffered horrific burns in a fire.
"He doesn't have lips anymore," Holly Chandler, who rescued Peanut from a shelter where he'd languished for nine months, told KPIX 5 last year.
"His eyelids are also gone and he can't close his eyes, so therefore his eyes water. The tears drain into his nose, so he has nice little snot bubbles because of it. So it's great, that adds to his character."
Just imagine the uproar if a two-legged burn victim won the title of "World's Ugliest Human."
Chandler said she entered Peanut in the contest to raise awareness for animal rescue. That's a noble reason, but there's got to be a better way to do this than making fun of-er, celebrating-a dog's looks, especially when those looks are the result of terrible abuse.
Why not a World's Sassiest Dog contest? Or how about World's Happiest Dog? Now, that's a competition I would fully support.