We had reported earlier that Aindrita Ray, who is known to be a champion of the cause for animal welfare, had stopped a construction worker from abusing puppies near Nandi Hills. She also worked with an animal shelter to arrange for the puppies' care.
Taking note of the Bangalore Times story, and the video that was put up on Bangalore Times' social media pages thereafter, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India will be giving the actress a Hero to Animals Award.
"These puppies were likely terrified and would probably have endured more abuse were it not for Aindrita Ray's compassionate and quick action," says Sachin Bangera, PETA India Associate Director of Celebrity and Public Relations. "We encourage everyone to stop cruelty when they see it and speak up for abused or otherwise suffering animals, because if you don't, maybe no one else will," he adds.
Other recipients of PETA's Hero to Animals Award include Asin, for saving a dog who'd been hit by a car; Cyrus Broacha, for refusing to perform a stunt that involved riding a bull; Zarine Khan, for rescuing a cat from the streets; Rani Mukerji, for helping a dog in distress on her film set; Sadaa Sayed, for helping a puppy who was almost hit by a car during a rainstorm; Shilpa Shetty, for raising awareness about the plight of animals in circuses; and Dia Mirza's production house, Born Free Entertainment, for showing that homeless animals make wonderful additions to families.