For Immediate Release:
28 September 2016
Group Names Nekti the First Runner-Up
Kolkata –After hundreds of votesand careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Nekti, whose guardian is Ananya Karmakar, has been named the first runner-up in PETA’s fifth annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Nekti 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 a lovable Indian dog from the streets or an animal shelter. The winner of the contest is Rosco, whose guardian is Spandana Raj of Hyderabad, and the second runner-up is Petu, whose guardian is Minima Peres of Goa.
“Nekt iproves 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.”
“Sadly, [Nekti’s] mother was hit by a truck … and [Nekti] remained there crying and shaking, too terrified to move”, says Ananya. “I thank Nekti for adopting me as her older sister.”
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.
Nekti will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and her guardian will receive an “I ♥ Desi Dogs” T-shirt. 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.