Thursday, December 10, 2009

The latest edition of "Animals are Not Toys"

I find it amazing that in San Francisco, Chihuahuas are about to eclipse Pitbulls as the most-often-abandoned dog breed at area shelters.

Seriously? They can't find homes for Chihuahuas and Pitbulls? Between Somerville, Medford and Malden alone, I think we could find homes for 100% of those animals. There's two Chihuahuas in my six-condo building alone, and probably a dozen pitbulls get walked past my front door in a given week!

Says the LA Times:

"All the shelters in California are seeing an upswing in Chihuahua impounds," Deb Campbell, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco animal care and control department, said in an interview. "It's been a slow and steady climb. . . . We call it the Paris Hilton syndrome."

A third of the dogs held at San Francisco's city shelter are all or part Chihuahua. New ones have come in every day for the last year. If the trend continues, officials said, the shelter would become 50% Chihuahua within months.

There are so many Chihuahuas in Los Angeles city shelters that the animal services agency airlifted 25 last week to Nashua, N.H., where the local Humane Society found all of them homes within a day.

The dogs had been bathed, sterilized, tested for heartworms and fitted with miniature coats before their flight took off, said Kathy Davis, interim general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services. The operation was funded by actress Katherine Heigl and the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation. It was so successful that the city is preparing to fly out 40 more as soon as donations are procured and the Chihuahuas are readied.