For Immediate Release:
21 September 2016
The Search Is on to Find the Country’s Top Rescued Pup
Goa – 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 a dog from Goa as a finalist: Petu, whose guardian is Minima Peres. Petu was being bullied by other dogs when Minima rescued him. His left eye was injured, but he eventually recovered and became a loving member of Minima’s family.
“I saw a scared and screaming dog and went close to Petu and started petting him. Just then, I realised that he had injured his left eye”, says Minima. “I carried him and brought him home, and now he’s a part of my family.”
“Petu is a lucky dog, and he has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into Minima’s life”, 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 PETAIndia.com. 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.