For Immediate Release:
15 September 2015
The Search Is On to Find the Country’s Top Rescued Pooch
Nashik – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian “community dogs” – as well as their rescue stories – the judges have selected Lolly, whose guardian is Sukhada Gaidhani of Nashik, as a finalist in PETA’s fourth annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Sukhada found Lolly after he had been hit by a car. He was not able to stand, and the prognosis was grim, but after intensive treatment, Lolly recovered and is now Sukhada’s best buddy.
“Almost a year ago, I saw a very tiny pup get hit by a … car. The driver didn’t bother to stop and drove away”, says Sukhada. “The pup was kept at the hospital for almost six weeks, and I would visit him every day. Slowly, he recovered …. When I brought him home, I knew I was never going to let him go.”
“Lolly is a lucky dog, and he has returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into Sukhada’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. 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 issues, ranging from breathing problems, cancer and heart disease to bleeding disorders, skeletal malformation and eye problems. Indian community dogs are generally healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.
The guardian of the lucky pup who is named the Cutest Indian Dog Alive will receive a first-place 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 second-place certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and his or her guardian will receive an “I ? Desi Dog” T-shirt. The third-place winner will receive a third-place 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 full contest details here.