Pune Dog Places Third In PETA’s ‘Cutest Indian Dog Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
23 September 2013

Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]
Mansi Rawal; [email protected]

Group Names Kishi the Second Runner-Up Dog

Pune – After hundreds of votes and careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Kishi, whose guardian is Shivangi Singh of Pune, will be crowned the second runner-up of PETA’s second annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest 2013. Kishi had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable community dogs to become one of the top 10 finalists. 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 an animal shelter. The winner of the contest is Dusty, whose guardian is Sheetal Nair from Nagpur, and the second-place winner is Matt, whose guardian is Zaynab Rahman from Guwahati.

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

Shivangi adopted Kishi after she been hit by a car. “She was writhing in pain and bleeding profusely as a car hit past her leaving her helpless and in a heart-breaking condition,” recalls Shivangi. Shivangi immediately sought a veterinarian’s help for Kishi. “Kishi is like my own daughter now”, says Shivangi.

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.

Kishi 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 Kishi, Dusty and Matt are available upon request. For more information about Kishi and the other two winners, please visit PETAIndia.com.
The contest winners were selected by PETA based on several factors, including vote count.