For Immediate Release:
31 August 2017
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]
The Search Is on to Find the Country’s Top Rescued Pup
Hyderabad – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian community dogs – as well as their rescue stories – the judges for PETA’s sixth annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest have selected two dogs from Hyderabad as finalists: Browny and Ellie, whose guardians are Surendra Ponnaganti and Ankit Jain, respectively. Browny was being abused on the streets when Ponnaganti rescued him, while 15-day-old Ellie was found during heavy rain.
“My kiddo was being thrashed by some kids on a street and was rescued,” says Ponnaganti.
“It was raining heavily in Hyderabad when a 15-day-old pup was found lying alone on the side of the road, with no mother or siblings in sight,” says Jain. “We wanted to put her up for adoption once she was old enough, but she stole our hearts and we couldn’t let her go. It was a failed foster story – and the most precious one, too.”
“Browny and Ellie are lucky dogs, and they have returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into their guardians’ lives,” says PETA CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate. “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 of them suffer from ailments, including breathing problems, cancer, heart disease, bleeding disorders, skeletal malformations, and eye problems. Indian community dogs are generally healthier and more robust than their purebred cousins.
The lucky pup who is named the Cutest Indian Dog Alive will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and his or her guardian will receive a “My Dog Is a Rescued Dog” T-shirt as well as a copy of PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk’s book Let’s Have a Dog Party! 20 Tail-Wagging Celebrations to Share With Your Best Friend. The second-place winner will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt, and his or her guardian will receive a “My Dog Is a Rescued Dog” T-shirt. The third-place winner will receive a certificate and a “100% Desi Dog” doggie T-shirt. All winners will appear in an upcoming issue of Animal Times, PETA’s magazine for members.
To read all the finalists’ rescue stories and vote for your favourite, please visit PETAIndia.com. PETA will select the winner based on several factors, including vote count. The winner will be announced on 4 September 2017. See the full contest details here.