Two Bangalore Dogs are Finalists in PETA’S ‘Cutest Indian Dog Alive’ Contest

For Immediate Release:
15 September 2015

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

The Search Is On to Find the Country’s Top Rescued Pooch

Bangalore – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian “community dogs”, along with their rescue stories, the judges have selected two dogs from Bangalore – Maximus, whose guardian is Dipika Menon, and Bambi, whose guardian is Aishwarya Radhakrishna – as finalists in PETA’s fourth annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Maximus was suffering from cancer when Dipika rescued him, but now he is cancer-free. Aishwarya rescued Bambi when the city was flooded by monsoon rains and the dog was shivering.

“Maximus was a stray dog near my house when I moved in two years ago”, Dipika says. “He was diagnosed with cancer, and after three chemotherapy sessions, Maximus is now completely cured, happy and a pawsome dog!”

Of Bambi, Aishwarya says, “She was hardly 10 days old when we picked her up with the intention to put her up for adoption, but when we learnt that this pup was thrown on the streets deliberately by a neighbour, we decided to keep her with us for a few days.”

A few days turned into forever. “She seemed like a treasure which sailed to our home on that rainy day.”

“Maximus and Bambi are lucky dogs, and they have returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into Dipika’s and Aishwarya’s lives”, says PETA India 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 or breeders. 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 medical conditions, 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.

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 Dogs” 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 PETA will select the winners based on several factors, including vote count. They will be announced on 28 September. See the full contest details here.