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Maricopa County shelters are overflowing with Chihuahuas

by The Associated Press,

Posted on December 17, 2009 at 4:12 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 20 at 2:52 AM

PHOENIX -- All the adoptable Chihuahuas have found new homes. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control still has plenty of other dogs and cats in need of homes.

PHOENIX (AP) -- A small dog with a big attitude is making its presence known at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelters.

The shelters are overflowing with Chihuahuas.

In the last two months, the shelters received 821 Chihuahuas. That's 230 more than the same time last year.

As of Thursday, there were 84 Chihuahuas ready for adoption.

Animal care and control officials aren't sure why the Chihuahua phenomenon is occurring.

They say it could be due to the media attention the little dog has received or perhaps the breed is being over bred.

The shelter is offering a special deal this weekend with a Chihuahua adoption fee of only $36.

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