Won't Somebody Think of the Chihuahuas?

California shelters are being flooded with abandoned Chihuahuas.

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A Chihuahua waits adoption at a Los Angeles Department of Animal Services shelter.
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It's not easy being a Chihuahua in California these days.
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Almost one-third of all dogs in California shelters are Chihuahuas.
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The problem is so bad, some shelters in California are shipping the animals to other states.
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A shelter in Los Angeles recently flew 25 Chihuahuas to Nashua, NH, where all found homes within a day through the local Humane Society.
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Up in the Bay Area, some experts call the problem the "Paris Hilton Syndrome."
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They say the popularity of "pocket" dogs like the Chihuahuas has grown because people see celebs like Hilton carrying them around in adorable little pink handbags.
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Experts also blame the glut of abandoned Chihuahuas on the influence of a bad economy, puppy mills and backyard breeders.
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The tiny dogs are named for the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
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