Hyderabad Dogs Are Finalists in PETA’s ‘Cutest Indian Dog Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
3 September 2012

Chani Singh; [email protected]
Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

The Vote Is on to Name the Country’s Top Rescued Pooch

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable
Indian community dogs, as well as their rescue stories, the judges have selected
Chinky, whose guardian is Alokparna Sengupta of Hyderabad, and Raju, whose
guardian is Hyderabad’s Mulpuru Suma, as finalists in PETA’s first-ever Cutest
Indian Dog Alive contest. Alokparna rescued Chinky on a cold night last winter in
New Delhi. Chinky was ill and suffering from a gaping wound on her back. Alokparna
took her to a veterinarian, and now Chinky is doing fine. Says Alokparna, “I don’t
remember how my life was without her”. Mulpuru first encountered Raju when he was
being chased by children, who were pelting him with rocks. When the puppy tried to
seek safety in an office building, the security guard began to beat him. Now, says
Mulpuru, Raju is “trusting, happy and content with us, his family”. PETA believes that
it’s time to champion the Indian dog, so the contest makes the point that the kindest
thing that a prospective 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

“Chinky and Raju lucky dogs, indeed, and they have returned the favour of being
rescued by bringing tons of love and joy into the lives of their families”, 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.