Hyderabad And Secunderabad Dogs Are Finalists In PETA’s ‘Cutest Indian Dog Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
19 September 2013

Benazir Suraiya +91 9004547382; [email protected]
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The Vote Is on to Name the Country’s Top Rescued Pooch

Hyderabad and Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian community dogs – as well as their rescue stories – the judges have selected three dogs from the Hyderabad and Secunderabad area:

DJ, whose guardian is Archana Akunuri of Hyderabad
Rakhi, whose guardian is Vaddeboina Vineela of Hyderabad
Tyson, whose guardian is Gangu Aruna of Secunderabad

Archana found DJ on a cold night in a poor condition when he was only 1 month old. “How can anyone not feel for a baby who was in such a deprived condition? It has been seven years since then, and now DJ is a bundle of joy and love and I just can’t do without him!” says Archana.

Rakhi was rescued by Vaddeboina from a group of people who were throwing stones at her. “I followed the cry of my little one and found her in pain and sorrow. I protected her immediately and today, Rakhi is healthy and an absolute joy to us”, says Vaddeboina.

When Gangu and her family were waiting in their car, an adorable pup in need of help caught their eye. “A watchman from the apartment opposite our car was chasing a poor puppy out of the parking lot. The adorably naughty little pup refused to leave”, Gangu recalls lovingly. Gangu’s family decided to adopt Tyson immediately and took him home. Gangu adds, “Tyson is such a hit amongst our kids and they love him! He is now a smart 3-year-old pup and is an absolute joy to have at home”.

It’s time to reward the most heart-warming story and crown the top rescued dog to encourage more people to adopt dogs from the streets or animal shelters rather than buying from pet shops. Vote to help PETA decide whom it should choose as India’s top (rescued!) dog.

“All of these dogs are lucky indeed and have returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into the lives of their new families”, says PETA CEO Poorva Joshipura. “All rescued dogs are already winners because their lives were saved by people who love them for who they are.”

The lucky pup who is named the Cutest Indian Dog Alive will receive a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and his or her guardian will receive a “My Dog Is a Rescue” T-shirt as well as an autographed copy of PETA India founder Ingrid E Newkirk’s book Let’s Have a Dog Party! The second- and third-place winners will also receive prizes, and all three top placers will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA India’s magazine for members.

PETA urges prospective guardians to adopt an Indian “community animal” from the streets or an animal shelter rather than buying puppies or kittens sold in pet shops. Pet shops and breeders often keep animals in dismal conditions, and because pedigree dogs are bred for certain exaggerated physical traits, such as long ears and drooping backs, many foreign breeds of dogs suffer from various issues, ranging from breathing problems, cancer and heart disease to bleeding disorders, skeletal malformation and eye problems. In contrast, Indian community dogs are healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins are.

To read all the finalists’ rescue stories and to vote, please visit PETAIndia.com. PETA will select the winner based on several factors, including vote count. For more details, visit http://www.petaindia.com/features/vote-for-the-cutest-indian-dog-alive.aspx.