Two Kolkata Dogs are Finalists in PETA’s 2016 ‘Cutest Indian Dog Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
20 September 2016

Shambhavi Tiwari +91 9167907382; [email protected]
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The Search Is on to Find the Country’s Top Rescued Pup

Kolkata – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian community dogs – as well as their rescue stories – the judges for PETA India’s fifth annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest have selected two dogs from Kolkata as finalists: Chiku and Nekti, whose guardians are Prithwijit Mukherjee and Ananya Karmakar, respectively. When Prithwijit saw that Chiku’s left leg was injured, he took him to a veterinarian for treatment and kept him in his family. Nekti was found crying and shaking in fear after her mother was hit by a car – and Ananya gave her a helping hand.

“I saw a white little puppy was crying, and he was wounded. His right leg was injured, and he was not able to walk”, says Prithwijit. “Now [Chiku] is 6 months old. He has become one of our family members.”

“Sadly, [her] mother was hit by a truck … and [Nekti] remained there crying and shaking, too terrified to move”, says Ananya. ” I thank Nekti for adopting me as her older sister.”

“Chiku and Nekti are lucky dogs, and they have returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into Prithwijit’s and Ananya’s lives”, 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.”

PETA urges prospective guardians to adopt an Indian community dog from the streets or an animal shelter, rather than buying puppies from pet shops. Breeders and pet shops 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 of them suffer from health ailments, including breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformations, and eye problems. Indian community dogs are generally healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.

The lucky pup who is named the Cutest Indian Dog Alive will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and his or her guardian will receive an “I ♥ Desi Dogs” T-shirt as well as a copy of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk’s book Let’s Have a Dog Party! 20 Tail-Wagging Celebrations to Share With Your Best Friend. The second-place winner will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and his or her guardian will receive an “I ♥ Desi Dogs” T-shirt. The third-place winner will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt. All winners will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA’s magazine for members.

To read all the finalists’ rescue stories and vote for your favourite, please visit PETA will select the winner based on several factors, including vote count. The winner will be announced on 28 September 2016. See the full contest details here.