Chennai Dog Places Second in PETA’s ‘Cutest Indian Dog Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
28 September 2015

Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Group Names Kaya the First Runner-Up

Chennai – After hundreds of votes on and careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Kaya, whose guardian is Krithika Lakshminarayanan of Chennai, has been named the first runner-up of PETA’s Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Kaya 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 third-place winner is Sheroo, whose guardian is Ranjeeta Nath Ghai of Allahabad.

“Kaya 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.”

“When me and my family were going for shopping …, we stopped our car to get down where I noticed a month-old pup roaming in a construction site all alone. She was half wet and had a dirty coat and looked very hungry”, says Krithika. “As a dog lover, with my parents’ permission, we took her to the veterinarian and vaccinated her. We initially thought of leaving her again, but her eyes did the magic, and we adopted the cute little desi dog. And now she is sterilized and is living happily with us in a healthy environment.”

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.

Kaya will receive a second-place certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and her guardian will receive an “I ? Desi Dog” T-shirt. The winner and runners-up will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA India’s magazine for members.

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The winners were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count.