Chihuahuas are overpopulating Phoenix shelters and several other southwestern cities -- and the numbers are getting worse, rather than better. In fact, the tiny breed has now taken the first place lead at the Arizona Humane Society, typically held by the number of abandoned pit bulls. In the first three months of this year, they've already had 821 Chihuahuas and 537 pit bulls surrendered or brought in as strays or for other reasons.
Both the Arizona Humane Society and the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (Phoenix's two largest shelters) most recent available statistics show that in 2013 combined, they received 10,535 Chihuahuas and euthanized 2,100.
Currently, at the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control in Phoenix there are 120 Chihuahuas and 140 pit bulls awaiting their fate in rows of cages. The controversial, longtime misunderstanding of pit bulls is well known. But what's the problem behind the abandoned numbers of Chihuahuas?