Kochi Dog Is A Finalist In PETA’s Cutest Indian Dog Alive Contest

For Immediate Release:
19 September 2013

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The Vote Is on to Name the Country’s Top Rescued Pooch

Thrippunithura, Kochi, Kerala – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian community dogs – as well as their rescue stories – the judges have selected Kunjhikannan, whose guardian is Tina Jose of Thrippunithura, as a finalist in PETA’s second annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest.

Tina rescued Kunjhikannan after he was abandoned by his previous guardian and left on the streets to suffer. “My heart melted when I first saw him as he was old and vulnerable,” remembers Tina. “He is now hale and hearty and has won our hearts with his friendliness and love.”

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.

“Kunjhikannan is a lucky dog, indeed, and has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into Tina’s life”, 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.