Two canines from Shillong have made it to the top 10 of PETA’s list of Cutest Indian Dog Alive contest. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has selected Lassie and Lotus after hearing their rescue stories. Their owners are Christine Eleanor Marbaniang and Josephine Tariang.
To select the top 10, the judges went through hundreds of candidates. Lassie was badly injured and bruised when Christine found her on the road near her residence in Nongrem Hills. She works for Meghalaya AIDS Control Society. When Christine found Lassie, she was six-eight week old and injured. She then took her to a vet for treatment and now Lassie is a healthy three-and-a-half month old pet.
Lotus was found hiding in a sewer. Josephine is an entrepreneur from lower Mawprem and rescued Lotus from the sewer.
PETA will select the winner based on three factors, the total number of votes received, assessment of the physical attractiveness of the dog and the rescue story. The contest ends on September 23 and the top three will be announced on September 28.