Now there's news of American Airlines and Virgin America providing space for a West Coast glut of abandoned Chihuahua dogs to hopefully be adopted elsewhere in the United States.
The AP reports:
Virgin America will be flying a group of Chihuahuas to New York City from San Francisco on Tuesday, said Gail Buchwald, senior vice president overseeing the ASPCA adoption center in New York City.
They will be processed and should be available for adoption on Dec. 29, she said.
Buchwald said she didn't know how many to expect, but each dog will be escorted by a volunteer and Virgin will provide travel for both dogs and humans.The Chihuahua crisis in California developed as Hollywood featured the dogs in movies like "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" and "Legally Blonde," they became constant companions to the rich and famous, backyard breeders saw a chance to make hundreds of dollars a dog and the recession forced some dog owners to abandon their pets.
California shelters soon found that Chihuahuas made up 30 percent or more of their dog populations