Flying Chihuahuas: Dogs change coast in big exodus

Chihauha Problems- too many in shelters
Posted to Muttnews Video on December 18, 2009

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LOS ANGELES — Chihuahuas have been flying out of California since other states learned about the glut of little dogs in the Golden State.

A group of 25 dogs has already arrived at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua in New Hampshire, thanks to “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Katherine Heigl, Kinder4Rescue in Studio City and American Airlines.

A group of 43 will leave for New Hampshire Monday or Tuesday, said Kathy Davis, interim general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services, who took part in a news conference Friday to announce Project Flying Chihuahua. They were supposed to leave Saturday morning, but bad weather in the east caused a delay, she said.

The Nashua shelter found homes for the first 25 and had a waiting list of 100 people, Davis said.

Heigl’s foundation has paid the discounted airfare for all 68 dogs so far, she added, and new donors for more flights were being sought.

Virgin America will be flying a group of Chihuahuas to New York City from San Francisco on Tuesday, said Gail Buchwald, senior vice president overseeing the ASPCA adoption center in New York City.

They will be processed and should be available for adoption on Dec. 29, she said.


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Chihhuahua dogs are prepared for transport at the Northeast Valley Animal Care Center, in Mission Hills, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009. They are part of the “Project Flying Chihuahuas,” a new initiative that transports Chihuahuas to the East Coast for adoption. The program was created in response to the overabundance of the breed in the Los Angeles area and the scarcity of the dog in the Northeast. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

A Chihuahua rescued dog named “Giganton,” the Big Giant in Spanish, looks out from his cage at the Northeast Valley Animal Care Center, in Mission Hills, Calif. on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009. The dog is part of the “Project Flying Chihuahuas,” a new initiative that transports Chihuahuas to the East Coast for adoption. The program was created in response to the overabundance of the breed in the Los Angeles area and the scarcity of the dog in the Northeast. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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