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

For Immediate Release:
18 September 2015

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

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

Chennai – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian “community dogs” – as well as their rescue stories – the judges have selected Kaya, whose guardian is Krithika Lakshminarayanan, and Chotu, whose guardian is Navina Priyakumar, of Chennai as finalists in PETA’s fourth annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Krithika could not leave little Kaya behind after she found her roaming around a construction site. Kaya was taken to the veterinarian and vaccinated, and now she lives with Krithika and her family. Chotu was hit by a car and was temporarily unable to walk. Navina rushed him to a veterinarian and then took him home.

“When me and my family were going for shopping …, we stopped our car to get down where I noticed a month-old pup roaming in a construction site all alone. She was half wet and had a dirty coat and looked very hungry”, says Krithika. “As a dog lover, with my parents’ permission, we took her to the veterinarian and vaccinated her. We initially thought of leaving her again, but her eyes did the magic, and we adopted the cute little desi dog. And now she is sterilized and is living happily with us in a healthy environment.”

“One day I found [Chotu] with bleeding legs, and he was unable to walk. I enquired in the nearby shop and came to know he was hit by a car and left on the road with a broken leg”, says Navina. “I didn’t have the heart to leave him on the road again. I decided to take him home and have him with me forever.”

“Kaya and Chotu are lucky dogs, and they have returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into Krithika’s and Navina’s lives”, 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 or kittens sold in 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 of dogs suffer from various issues, ranging from breathing problems, cancer and heart disease to bleeding disorders, skeletal malformation and eye problems. Indian community dogs are healthier and more robust than their “purebred” cousins are.

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 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 winner based on several factors, including vote count. The winner will be announced on 28 September. See the full contest details here.