For Immediate Release:
5 September 2012
Chani Singh; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
The Vote Is on to Name the Country’s Top Rescued Pooch
Bhubaneswar, Orissa – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian community dogs, as well as their rescue stories, the judges have selected Mangal, whose guardian is Biswarupa Aparajita of Bhubaneswar, as a finalist in PETA’s first-ever Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. After Biswarupa was awakened by screams coming from the street, she discovered a puppy who had a broken leg. After rescuing Mangal, Biswarupa learned that the puppy also had an infection from parasites. Now, Mangal is a happy, healthy 8-month-old dog who loves her new home. PETA believes that it’s time to champion the Indian dog, so the contest makes the point that the kindest thing that a prospective dog guardian can do is rescue a dog from the streets or an animal shelter. Now, it’s time to vote to help PETA decide who it should choose as India’s top (rescued!) dog.
“Mangal is a lucky dog, indeed, and he has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing tons of love and joy into the lives of Biswarupa and her family”, says PETA India campaign coordinator Chani Singh. “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 rather than buying puppies (or kittens) sold in pet shops. 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 including 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 are.
To read all the finalists’ rescue stories and to vote, please visit PETAIndia.com.