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Monday, February 28, 2011

Chihuahuas Still Crowding Shelters, S.F. to Fly More Pups to New York

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 2:56 PM

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Last year we told you about the Paris Hilton syndrome that plagued San Francisco's animal shelter as they continued to receive an overflow of homeless Chihuahuas. In hopes of reducing the number to a more manageable amount, they put about two dozen pups on the dog equivalent of a first-class flight to New York City where Chihuahuas were strangely in high demand.

But the dogs just kept coming. And as of now, Chihuahuas account for one-third of the shelter's dog population. So tomorrow, the San Francisco Animal Care and Control Center is sending another dozen Chihuahuas to the Big Apple, where they expect they will be the "toast of the town."

"It's on ongoing problem," said Deb Campbell, spokeswoman for the San Francisco shelter. "We will send 12 off tomorrow and we will probably have another 12 arrive at the shelter by the end of the week.

There is an epidemic of backyard breeding of the "purse pups" that's just gone too far, Campbell said. "We see stray and pregnant Chiuhuahuas coming in here all the time -- there is no end in sight," she said.

The pups will board a Virgin Airlines flight Tuesday at 4:30 a.m. They will each get a seat in the cabin that includes WiFi and power outlets. And of course, anyone who is in the least bit curious about the pups can get live updates about their journey via Facebook and Twitter.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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