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  • Associated Press Bow-Z, owned by John Hill, of Pella, Iowa, is crowned Sunday the winner of the 39th annual Drake Relays Beautiful Bulldog Contest.

Monday, April 23, 2018 1:00 am

Dog set to be euthanized as a puppy wins contest

Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa – A 2-year-old pup once destined to be euthanized was crowned the winner of Sunday's Beautiful Bulldog Contest at Drake University.

The 39th annual tongue-in-cheek pageant for English bulldogs, Drake's mascot, is the unofficial start to this week's Drake Relays track meet.

This year's champion, Bow-Z, hails from nearby Pella, Iowa. She was set to be put down as a puppy because of various physical ailments but was rerouted to a no-kill shelter instead.

Bow-Z beat a field of 40 slobbering bulldogs – most of which were decked out in outlandish costumes – with names like Rocky, Tucker and Beau.

The Drake Relays begin Thursday and wrap up on Saturday.