Photo: California Authorities Seize 36 Chihuahuas from Two Homes
Authorities is California seized three dozen Chihuahuas from one family on this week and are now looking for homes for the little pups.
On Monday, officials with the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter removed 25 Chihuahuas, including 10 puppies, at a home in Watsonville, Calif. Earlier that same day, the animal shelter removed 11 Chihuahuas, including 6 puppies, from a relative’s home in the same town.
The dogs were not fixed and were allowed to breed indiscriminately. Authorities say there appeared to be three liters. The 36 dogs consist of 16 puppies and and 20 adult dogs.
It was also noted that the people in possession of the dogs were not only hoarding animals, but hoarding objects and other possessions.
Authorities were tipped off by a call from the landlord of one of the apartments where the dogs were found.
Animal neglect charges have not been filled. However, should misdemeanor charges be filed, the Chihuahua hoarders face up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $20,000, and would be banned from owning a pet for up to 5 years. A felony animal neglect charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in state prison, and they person is banned from owning a pet for up to 10 years.
Those looking to adopt the Chihuahuas can call Santa Cruz Animal Shelter at (831) 454-7200 or visit www.scanimalshelter.org. The dogs will be available for adoption on March 20.