Apparently, chihuahuas are second only to pit bulls in dog breeds that are abandoned or surrendered to the Animal Care & Control rescue group in NYC. Linda Vetrano of the Upper East Side's Posh Pets Rescue told the NY Post, “There’s always been loads of chihuahuas coming in. People want a little four-pound Chihuahua thinking it’s going to be so cute. Then they’re not too happy and dump it in the shelter.” We're not sure what makes a person simply abandon an animal, but it happens — so often, in fact, that between 2010 and 2012, more than 800 of the little pooches were left at AC&C shelters in NYC.
Despite the chihuahua abandonment rate, New Yorkers keep the breed in high demand (something about tiny apartments). Plus, who are we to turn away a plane full of doggies? The Statue of Liberty's offering of "Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: lift my lamp beside the golden door" applies to canines, too. As Hedberg said, "It's the cutest infestation, ever." (NY Post)