For Immediate Release:
4 September 2017
Shambhavi Tiwari; [email protected]
Group Names Sheru the Second Runner-Up
Zirakpur – After hundreds of votes and careful deliberation by judges from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, Sheru, whose guardian is Dolly Guleria of Zirakpur, has been named the second runner-up in PETA’s sixth annual Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. Sheru had earlier edged out hundreds of other lovable community dogs to become one of the 10 finalists. PETA created the contest to show that the kindest thing a prospective guardian can do is to adopt an Indian dog from the streets or an animal shelter. The winner is Moochi, whose guardian is Gowry Lekshmi of Alappuzha, and the first runner-up is Timon, whose guardian is Shridutt Shah of Ahmedabad.
“Sheru 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 CEO Dr Manilal Valliyate. “Although only one dog could win PETA’s contest, all rescued dogs are winners because they have found loving homes.”
“I saw Sheru when he was about 1 month old, hiding himself from heavy rain. The next morning, I found him sitting in the corner of the veranda. I came close to him, and his body was covered with mites. He was shivering and a little frightened. I offered him nourishment, and he melted my heart,” says Guleria. “Now, he is 2 years old and we are best buddies, and he is smarter than any of the breeds.”
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.
Sheru 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.
PETA selected the winners based on several factors, including vote count.