For Immediate Release:
28 September 2015
Group Names Sheroo the Second Runner-Up
Allahabad – After hundreds of votes on PETAIndia.com and careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Sheroo, whose guardian is Ranjeeta Nath Ghai of Allahabad, has been named the second runner-up of PETA’s Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Sheroo had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable “community dogs” to become one of the 10 finalists. 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 or an animal shelter. The winner of the contest is Bambi, whose guardian is Aishwarya Radhakrishna of Bangalore, and the second-place winner is Kaya, whose guardian is Krithika Lakshminarayanan of Chennai.
“Sheroo 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 CEO Poorva Joshipura. “Although only one dog could win PETA’s contest, all rescued dogs are winners because they have found loving homes.”
Sheroo started following Ranjeeta and her husband on their daily evening walks. “Each time … he’d start following me”, says Ranjeeta “I just picked him up and got him home. There, he was greeted by my children and my two furry buddies. Sheroo is now 6 years old. He chose me above everything and everyone. How could I have let him down?”
PETA urges prospective guardians to adopt Indian community animals instead of buying puppies (or kittens) from pet shops or breeders. Because pedigree dogs are bred for certain exaggerated physical traits, such as long ears or drooping backs, many foreign breeds 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.
Sheroo will receive a third-place certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt. The winner and runners-up will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA India’s magazine for members.
The winners were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count.