For Immediate Release:
20 September 2016
The Search Is on to Find the Country’s Top Rescued Pup
Shillong – After sifting through hundreds of photographs of lovable Indian community dogs – as well as their rescue stories – the judges for PETA India’s fifth annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest have selected two dogs from Shillong as finalists: Lassi and Lotus, whose guardians are Christine Eleanor Marbaniang and Josephine Tariang, respectively. Lassie was badly injured and bruised when Christine found her on the road. Lotus was found scared and hiding in a sewer.
“I picked [Lassie up] from the road, badly injured and bruised”, says Christine. “Now she’s one happy cute looking dog.”
“I rescued [Lotus] about a year ago from a sewer on a busy street where she was hiding”, says Josephine. “We have had her ever since, and she is adorable and joyful.”
“Lassie and Lotus are lucky dogs, and they have returned the favour of being rescued by bringing much love and joy into Christine’s and Josephine’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 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 health 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 guardian of 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 an “I ♥ Desi Dogs” T-shirt as well as a copy of PETA Founder Ingrid Newkirk’s book Let’s Have a Dog Party! 20 Tailwagging 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 an “I ♥ Desi Dogs” 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 India’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 28 September 2016. See full contest details here.