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Animal rescue mission: Get the Chihuahuas out of California

A slew of pet owners in California are telling Chihuahuas, "No quiero."
For most of the 90's and 00's, consumers seemingly couldn't escape Chihuahuas, the cute dogs from Mexico that popped up on billboards and TV commercials selling tacos and burritos. In recent years, despite their marketing prowess, their popularity as pets has waned.

Animal rescue groups in San Francisco have reported a stark increase in the number of Chihuahuas that have been abandoned by their owners, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

According to some estimates, up to 33 percent of the all dogs held in the city's animal shelters are all or part Chihuahua, and local officials are saying that the breed of canines could comprise about half of all impounded dogs in the City by the Bay in the coming months.

Deb Campbell, a spokeswoman for San Francisco's animal care and control department, told the news source, "All the shelters in California are seeing an upswing in Chihuahua impounds," adding, "We call it the Paris Hilton syndrome."

Thankfully, animal rescue groups like the Kern shelter are flying the small dogs to animal service agencies in states like New Hampshire and New York that have agreed to house the abandoned pets and help curb California's overpopulation problem, reports
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