Nagpur Dog is a Finalist in PETA’s ‘Cutest Indian Dog Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
17 September 2014

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]

The Hunt is On to Find the Country’s Top Rescued Pooch

Nagpur – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian “community dogs” – as well as their rescue stories – the judges have selected Maggie, whose guardian is Piyush Chopawar of Nagpur, as a finalist in PETA’s third annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest.

“Maggie was one of the six puppies who were found wrapped in a cloth outside my college during the rainy season”, Chopawar says. “I rescued them and got all of them adopted, but Maggie was treated poorly after adoption and got hurt, so I got her back, got her treated and took her home with me forever.”

“Maggie is a lucky dog, and she has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into Piyush’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.”

The lucky pup who wins the Cutest Indian Dog Alive title 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 founder Ingrid 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’s magazine for members.

PETA urges prospective guardians to adopt an Indian “community animal” from the streets or an animal shelter rather than buying puppies or kittens sold in 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 foreign breeds of dogs suffer from various maladies, including breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformation and eye problems. 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 PETA will select the winner based on several factors, including vote count. The winner will be announced on 24 September. See the full contest details here.