Forlorn that her state is overrun with abandoned chihuahuas, Katharine Heigl is contributing to a mass export of the trembling, bug-eyed creatures from California animal shelters to Middle America on airplanes.
It's been a trying year for Hollywood chihuahuas; Tinkerbell Hilton had a near-death experience and beloved Taco Bell mascot Gidget passed away. And now their supply is overrunning demand, even in long-time chihuahua haven of California. The San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times started covering the harrowing story weeks ago:
[T]he Chihuahua conundrum—a shocking surplus of them flooding the state's stretched-thin shelters—has gotten out of control. ... "We call it the Paris Hilton syndrome."
And at the Peninsula Humane Society in San Mateo, "the number of Chihuahuas has eclipsed pit bulls as the most common breed," Senior Vice President Scott Delucchi said as he clutched Toffee, a sweater-clad, 10-year-old mix.
...and now, humanitarian Hollywood has mobilized to solve the case.
There are so many Chihuahuas in Los Angeles city shelters that the animal services agency airlifted 25 last week to Nashua, N.H., where the local Humane Society found all of them homes within a day. [LAT]
The Great Small Dog Diaspora is expected to continue in 2010.