Lucknow Dog Places Third in PETA’s ‘Cutest Indian Dog Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
17 September 2012

Chani Singh; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

Group Names Danny the Second Runner-Up Dog

Lucknow – After hundreds of votes and careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Danny will be crowned the second runner-up of PETA India’s first-ever Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Danny, whose guardian is 20-year-old Lucknow resident Rohan Agarwal, edged out hundreds of other lovable community dogs to become a finalist. PETA created the contest to show that the kindest thing that a prospective guardian can do is to adopt a lovable Indian dog from the streets or from animal shelters. The winner of the contest is Chinky, whose guardian is Alokparna Sengupta from Hyderabad, and the second-place finisher is Jack, whose guardian is Amirtham R from Madurai.

“Danny 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 India campaign coordinator Chani Singh. “Although only one dog could win PETA’s contest, all rescued dogs are winners because they have found loving homes.”

Danny was given to Rohan by his mother, who found the dog in terrible condition four years ago. Since then, Danny has become a constant part of Rohan’s life.

PETA urges prospective guardians to adopt Indian community animals instead of buying puppies (or kittens) sold in pet stores. Because pedigree dogs are bred for certain exaggerated physical traits, such as long ears or drooping backs, many foreign breeds of dogs suffer 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.

Danny will receive a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt and be featured in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA India’s magazine for members.

Photographs of Chinky, Jack and Danny are available upon request.

For more information about Danny and the other two winners, please visit