For Immediate Release:
21 September 2015
The Search Is On to Find the Country’s Top Rescued Pooch
Ludhiana – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian “community dogs”, along with their rescue stories, the judges have selected Precious, whose guardian is Silky Pabreja of Ludhiana, as a finalist in PETA’s fourth annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Silky rescued Precious after he was abused. He was in pain then, but the love and care that Silky gave him has now made his life beautiful.
“Precious was rescued when he was beaten and tortured mercilessly by some ongoers and small kids. … I brought him home, and he transformed beautifully! He brought me back … from the dreadful moments of my life”, says Silky. “I cannot imagine my life without him, as he is the best companion I could ever have.”
“Precious is a lucky dog, and he has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into Silky’s life”, says PETA CEO Poorva Joshipura. “All rescued dogs are already winners because their lives were saved by people who love them for who they are.”
PETA urges prospective guardians to adopt an Indian community dog from the streets or an animal shelter rather than buying puppies from pet shops or breeders. 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 foreign breeds suffer from various medical conditions, including breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformation and eye problems. Indian community dogs are generally healthier and more robust than their “purebred” cousins.
The lucky pup who is named the Cutest Indian Dog Alive will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and his or her 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! The second-place winner will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and his or her guardian will receive an “I ? Desi Dogs” T-shirt. The third-place winner will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt. All winners will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA India’s magazine for members.
To read all the finalists’ rescue stories and to vote, please visit PETAIndia.com. PETA will select the winner based on several factors, including vote count. The winner will be announced on 28 September. See the full contest details here.