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Denver Comes to Bay Area Dog Rescue



    Denver Comes to Bay Area Dog Rescue
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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 15: A Chihuahua waits adoption at a Los Angeles Department of Animal Services shelter on December 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Chihuahuas make up about a third of the dogs at many California shelters, so many that some shelters are shipping Chihuahuas to other states to find homes. A shelter in Oakland sent about 100 to Arizona, Oregon and Washington. Recently, a Los Angeles city shelter flew 25 Chihuahuas to Nashua, New Hampshire where all found homes within a day through the local Humane Society. Experts have blamed the glut of abandoned Chihuahuas in California on the influence of pop culture, a bad economy, puppy mills and backyard breeders. Fans sometimes abandon the dogs when they are no longer new and cute to them or when expensive vet bills start to add up. The tiny dogs are named for the Mexican state of Chihuahua. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    The Bay Area prides itself on being dog-friendly, so it may come as a surprise that dozens of unwanted animals are being shipped out of state.

    The breed of dog in need of rescue is the Chihuahua.

    Colorado is the latest state to come to the little dog's rescue. 

    One Chihuahua-lover dipped into her own pocket to pay to fly 100 of them to the Denver Dumb Friends League.

    The first shipment of 32 Chihuahuas arrived Saturday courtesy of Leslie Capin.

    A Chihuahua explosion here in the Golden State is being blamed on non other than Paris Hilton.

    Earlier this month Bay Area animal control officers called it the "Paris Hilton Syndrome." They say the popularity of "pocket" dogs like the Chihuahua has grown because people see celebs like Hilton carrying them around in adorable little pink handbags.

    Apparently breeders have over supplied the current demand which has lead to too many of the miniature pets.

    The San Francisco rescue group Grateful Dogs has 66 foster animals right now, and 31 of them are Chihuahuas.

    Bay Area officials say the problem is quickly getting out of control.

    Lori Preuitt wonders if others say "chi hoo-ah-hoo-ah" out loud every time they spell out this particular dog breed.