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Madurai Dog Places Second in PETA's 'Cutest Indian Dog Alive' Contest

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For Immediate Release:
17 September 2012

Contact:
Chani Singh +91 9167134682; ChaniS@petaindia.org
Sachin Bangera +91 9820122561; SachinB@petaindia.org

Group Names Jack the First Runner-Up Dog

Madurai – After hundreds of votes and careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Jack will be crowned the first runner-up of PETA India's first-ever Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Jack, whose guardian is 20-year-old Madurai resident Amirtham R, edged out hundreds of other lovable community dogs to become a finalist. PETA created the contest to show that the kindest thing that a prospective guardian can do is to adopt a lovable Indian dog from the streets and animal shelters. The winner of the contest is Chinky, whose guardian is Alokparna Sengupta from Hyderabad, and the third-place finisher is Danny, whose guardian is Rohan Agarwal from Lucknow.

"Jack proves that adopting a dog from the streets or an animal shelter can fill your life with a joy and love that words can't express", says PETA India campaign coordinator Chani Singh. "Although only one dog could win PETA's contest, all rescued dogs are winners because they have found loving homes."

When Jack was suffering from the scorching heat outside, Amirtham fed and adopted him. Now, Jack is a part of Amirtham's family.

PETA urges prospective guardians to adopt Indian community animals instead of buying puppies (or kittens) sold in pet stores. Because pedigree dogs are bred for certain exaggerated physical traits, such as long ears or drooping backs, many foreign breeds of dogs suffer from breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformation and eye problems. In contrast, Indian community dogs are healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.

Jack will receive a "100% Desi Dog" doggie T-shirt, and Amirtham will receive a "My Dog Is a Rescue" T-shirt. Jack will also be featured in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA India's magazine for members.

Photographs of Chinky, Jack and Danny are available upon request. For more information about Jack and the other two winners, please visit PETAIndia.com.

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