Nagpur Dog Places Second In PETA’s ‘Cutest Indian Dog Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
29 September 2014

Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]

Group Names Maggie the First Runner-Up

Nagpur – After hundreds of votes and careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Maggie, whose guardian is Piyush Chopawar of Nagpur, has been named the first runner-up of PETA’s Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Maggie 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 an animal shelter. The winner of the contest is Santa Claus, whose guardian is Ankita Saini of Lucknow, and the third-place finisher is Cujo, whose guardian is Sanjukta Sivakumar of Surat.

“Maggie 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 CEO Poorva Joshipura. “Although only one dog could win PETA’s contest, all rescued dogs are winners because they have found loving homes.”

“Maggie was one of 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.”

PETA urges prospective guardians to adopt Indian community animals instead of buying puppies (or kittens) sold in pet shops. 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.

Maggie will receive a second-place certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and Chopawar will receive a “My Dog Is a Rescue” T-shirt.

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

The winners were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count.