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Lodi rescue organization sees increase in Chihuahuas

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Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009 12:00 am

There's Chloe, the 3-year-old deaf Chihuahua who was found in a Dumpster and looks much older than her age because her owners didn't care for her properly.

There's Tiger and Candy, 11-month-old poodle Chihuahua mixes who lost their homes when their family changed jobs and could no longer keep them.

And then there are Jake and Abby, 8-week-old Chihuahua mixes who are living in a foster home until they are old enough to be adopted. All these dogs are waiting to be adopted from Lodi's Animal Friends Connection Humane Society.

"It's a nightmare for Chihuahuas," said Patricia Sherman, the president of the rescue organization.

During the past year-and-ahalf, Sherman has noticed an increase in the number of Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes in shelters throughout the state, and it has gotten worse during the last six months.

Her rescue organization has some litters not old enough to be adopted yet. She's seen some shelters with more than 50 Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes, and because there is such a large amount, it makes them hard to adopt.

Traditionally, shelters have always had trouble placing pit bulls or pit bull mixes because there were so many of them. Sherman said the situation with Chihuahuas might have surpassed that.

One of the reasons it is harder to adopt out Chihuahuas is because they do not have as much fur as other breeds.

"People like the fru-fru fuzzy dogs," she said. "Chihuahuas have a huge plus because they just need a bath every three or four weeks."

She said the three or four pound Chihuahuas adopt quicker than the larger, sixto 10-pound purebred or mixes.

Sherman receives e-mails from shelters around Northern California looking for rescue organizations to help the dogs. She has to put a limit on how many the Lodi rescue organization takes.

"There's so many of them. We can't find homes for them," she said.

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  • posted at 6:40 am on Thu, Dec 10, 2009.


    There was a bill trying to be passed a couple of years ago that would make everyone have to spay or neuter their pets or get a license to breed their dog supported by Bob Barker. I wish this would have passed as it would take care of part of the problem.Not all of it but at least the law abiding people would have followed. Of all the organizations to protest it the AKC was at the head as it was thought that this would limit pure bred dogs. No thought to the poor mixed dogs that are crowding our shelters. Hope these chihuahua's find homes soon.

  • posted at 2:23 am on Thu, Dec 10, 2009.


    boonablis: i agree!! I am not sure if you were actually agreeing with me or trying to be a smarta$$ but what you said makes sense. Old people and animals are my passion (oh..and computers). My daughter and I drove through Lodi yesterday and saw 2 small dogs running the streets alone (both on the East side of town). One ran right across Lodi Avenue. I wanted to stop and get the dogs, they don't deserve animals anyway. To save an animals life would be worth it to me.

  • posted at 1:39 am on Thu, Dec 10, 2009.


    this is what happens when stupid people take in pets, and have kids for that matter

  • posted at 12:41 am on Thu, Dec 10, 2009.


    I think people should be forced to have their animals "fixed" so there is not this kind of problem. Why should the animals have to suffer? And if they don't, there should be a $500 fine to pay then proof that they did it. Poor animals.



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