A Colorado Springs animal shelter has disbanded a dog-hoarding situation after a tip-off, retrieving a total of 26 Chihuahuas from a single apartment in the area. The city's regulations limit the number of pets per residence to just four dogs or cats.
Upon arrival at the home on Sept. 24, officers found the 30 small dogs living in crates in the apartment's garage. Their owner had just been evicted.
"[W]e got a call about 30 Chihuahuas living in one apartment. Their owner was getting evicted and was way over the limit on how many pets are allowed within the city limits," HSPPR said.
Officers Michon and Johnson responded to the call and contacted the owner of the dogs.
"Our ALE (Animal Law Enforcement) officers helped him see that having this many dogs was not in the best interest of the dogs," HSPPR said.
The owner was informed of the reasons—both legal and health-related—that so many of his dogs were being seized. He willingly surrendered 26 of the 30 pups in order to comply with city regulations.
The Chihuahuas were then transferred into the care of HSPPR, where they underwent preliminary veterinary and behavioral evaluations.
The rescue shelter thanked its supporters on social media, crediting them for the resources that enabled the intake of 26 Chihuahuas at short notice, and getting them the help they needed.
"It looks like most of them are in good shape, medically," the statement said, adding that some may need dental surgeries or time in the shelter's behavior modification program, owing to fearfulness.
They said the clinic "will be working overtime" to get all 26 pups spayed and neutered to help prevent overpopulation, after which the healthy dogs will be ready to get placed with loving forever families.
The HSPPR's Facebook page was overwhelmed with comments from potential adopters, expressing their desire to take one or two of the sweet Chihuahuas from the shelter to free up space for more dogs in need.
"It’s because of donors like you that we can say 'yes' to pets in need, no matter their situation," HSPPR said.
"Thanks to you, the ALE officers at HSPPR spend every day trying to make our community a safe place for pets and people."