50 Rescued Chihuahuas Need New Homes

POSTED: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 12:46pm

UPDATED: Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 2:07pm

EL PASO - In all, 55 chihuahuas were found inside a Northeast El Paso mobile home this morning.

One chihuahua has already died. The others are now at the city's Animal Services Shelter, huddled together in cages to keep warm. The couple who also lives at the home voluntarily turned them over the the city after an early morning fire forced them out.

"It is a typical hoarding case. The conditions inside the home are deplorable, there's a lot of manure and urine," said Eduardo de Castro, Deputy Director of Animal Services.

But despite the deplorable conditions inside the home, veterinarians say most of the chihuahuas seem to be in good shape. Besides not being spayed or neutered and never being vaccinated, the city says it looks like they were being fed and taken care of.

"I was expecting much worse. I was expecting them in poor condition and these animals seem socially adapted, not as in most hoarding cases," said Bernie Page, an Animal Services Veterinarian.

The chihuahuas taken from the home range in age from 14 years old to just five weeks old. Animal Serivces hopes they'll find a new home with you. All are now up for adoption. And it t looks like there will be no problem finding new owners.

"The chihuahuas are a very marketable breed in El Paso," said de Castro.

To adopt one of the dogs call the New Hope Alliance at 915-309-7389.

Animal Services says it's still investigating but the chihuahua's former owners could be facing animal hoarding charges.

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