For Immediate Release:
29 August 2018
Garima Jain; [email protected]
Sachin Bangera; [email protected]
Group Names Chuchu the Second Runner-Up
Pune – After hundreds of votes and careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Chuchu – whose guardian is Tavneet Walia of Pune – has been named the second runner-up in PETA India’s seventh annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. The pup had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable former community dogs to become one of the 10 finalists. PETA India created the contest to show that the kindest thing a prospective guardian can do is to adopt a dog from the streets or an animal shelter. The winner is Pinky, whose guardian is Mrs Crasta of Mangalore, and the first runner-up is Brownie, whose guardian is Shael Tyagi Kundra of Pondicherry.
“Chuchu 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 India Associate Manager of Online Marketing Erika Goyal. “Although only one dog could win PETA India’s contest, all rescued dogs who have found loving homes are winners.”
“Chuchu is … the most pampered, loved, and spoilt kid in the family!” Walia told PETA India. “She’s cute and quiet but also naughty and stubborn! She’s so expressive, [and] she tells us everything she wants! Chuchu has changed our lives in miraculous ways.”
PETA India urges prospective guardians to adopt a 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 suffer from ailments, including difficulty breathing, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformations, and eye problems. Indian community dogs are generally healthier and more robust than their purebred counterparts.
Chuchu will receive a certificate and a “100 Per Cent Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt. All winners will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA India’s magazine for members.
PETA India selected the winners based on several factors, including vote count.