For Immediate Release:
28 September 2016
Group Names Rosco the Top Dog
Hyderabad – After hundreds of votes and careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Rosco, whose guardian is Spandana Raj, beat out nine other finalists to be crowned the winner of PETA’s fifth annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Rosco 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 a prospective guardian can do is to adopt an Indian dog from the streets or an animal shelter. Photos of Rosco are available upon request. The second-place winner of the contest is Nekti, whose guardian is Ananya Karmakar of Kolkata, and the third-place winner is Petu, whose guardian is Minima Peres of Goa.
“Rosco 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 Rosco has won our contest, all rescued dogs are winners because they have found loving homes.”
“I found Rosco tied to a tea stall”, says Spandana. “[He] came home and has been with us for two years now. He is a happy and loving dog.”
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.
Rosco will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and his 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. All winners will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA’s magazine for members.
PETA selected the winners based on several factors, including vote count.