For Immediate Release:
4 September 2012
The Vote Is on to Name the Country’s Top Rescued Pooch
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian community dogs, as well as their rescue stories, the judges have selected Danny, whose guardian is Rohan Agarwal of Lucknow, as a finalist in PETA’s first-ever Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Danny was given to Rohan by his mother, who found the severely beaten dog four years ago. Says Rohan, “People around here are very fond of him”. 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 (rescued!).
“Danny is a lucky dog, indeed, and he has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing tons of love and joy into the lives of Rohan and his family”, 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 stores. 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 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 are.
To read all the finalists’ rescue stories and to vote, please visit PETAIndia.com.