chihuahua animal shelter

paris hilton syndrome hits animal care control

the number of chihuahuas in dog shelters nationwide is growing daily. the following article was written in an attempt to make people aware of this. the message is simple; if you love chihuahuas, adopt one.

chihuahua in animal shelter

article by joe eskenazi,, published: april 15, 2009

if ever you needed another reason to despise paris hilton — utter vapidity, being famous despite having no discernible talent, overuse of the teeth in her sole legitimate screen role — the folks at san francisco animal care and control (acc) have found one. they are up to their ankles — literally — in chihuahuas, a condition they blame on “paris hilton syndrome.”

rebecca katz, animal control’s aptly named acting director, confirms that a couple of chihuahuas a day are showing up on her doorstep; she currently has enough teacup dogs to start her own miniature iditarod team. chihuahuas make up about 20 percent of all the dogs at the shelter. it’s a condition staff blame on the confluence of a lousy economy with “cultural” figures like hilton as well as films like legally blonde or beverly hills chihuahua, in which the purse dogs were feted as fashion accessories.

the number of owner-surrendered pets has jumped 13 percent in the last six months, and chihuahuas are disproportionately represented. katz additionally suspects that the city’s spay-and-neuter message has not penetrated the chihuahua-in-purse community. this prompts two questions: 1. what’s going on in those purses? and 2. can we blame paris hilton for this, too?

on a recent trip to the shelter, visitors were greeted with a multipart harmony of chihuahuas yodeling. one of the feistiest of the musical little dogs, sonny, had inexplicably languished in a holding pen. with time running low, shelter employee christine scanlon finally relented and adopted the critter. and since he’s actually named after the famously well-equipped godfather character sonny corleone, it’s apt that sonny is too big to fit in a purse.

ankle-biter dogs aren’t the only animals flooding acc these days. staffers are bracing for the annual post-easter plague of bunnies. these will join a batch of 10 albino rabbits that actually came in before the holiday, when a band of druggies getting high near candlestick park realized the bouncing bunnies they initially took to be hallucinations were actually real. the socially responsible stoners immediately phoned acc (what a city).

anticipating impulse adoptions — and quick returns — acc actually refuses to give up any of its bunnies in the days prior to easter. for that matter, black cats are not adopted out on oct. 30 or 31. and no leprechauns are released prior to st. patrick’s day.

“we like to keep those as shelter pets anyway,” katz quips.


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  • I wouldn’t blame Paris Hilton for ignorant people getting a dog on a whim and then dumping it. I have three dogs. a corgi, a poodle and a chihuahua. They are all purebred dogs, all were adopted, and all were owned by previous ignorant people. I find that most don’t have any clue how to potty train a puppy. Instead of getting information and doing it right they give the animal up. Some have other behavoir problems that were “caused” by humans not the nature of the breed. More people need to watch The Dog Wisperer and get a CLUE!
    Hopefully, some of these poor creatures find a home like mine where the owner doesn’t blame the dog for its owners past ignorance and has the patience to work with an animal that has been mistreated. No dog is untrainable.

  • Having a adopted Chihuahua named Paris Hilton, its common to use her name as a scape goat. How about we change it to Obama Syndrome ? as he “promised” to adopt a dog in need, instead he “aquires” a rare breed dog from a high end Breeder who sold to the Kennedys! Claiming the previous owner returned the puppy?!? Not exactly setting or leading by a good example.
    Chihuahuas are the #2 breed in LA City Shelters, and by just going on, thousands looking for homes. Please, pass the message along that dogs don’t end up in shelters because they are bad dogs, only they ended up with a bad owner 🙁
    Eveyone is entitled to their opinion, but blaming Celebs for grown adults choices is wasted energy.

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