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26 Chihuahuas rescued from a Colorado Springs apartment

Posted at 10:34 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 00:34:55-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region Animal Law Enforcement officers rescued 26 Chihuahuas on Wednesday from an apartment in Colorado Springs.

According to HSPPR, officers received a call about too many Chihuahuas in an apartment, and when they arrived, they found 30 Chihuahuas living in crates in a garage. The owner of the apartment had just been evicted.

It's against the law in Colorado Springs to have that many dogs in one residence, and after speaking with officers, the owner surrendered 26 of the dogs. He kept four of the Chihuahuas, which put him in compliance with the legal limit.

"Ultimately, the issue with having 26 dogs or even 30 at that time is basically not being able to give individual care," said animal control officer Nicole Michon, "It's not good for humans, and it's not good for for the dogs, having an influx number of anything can be bad."

The Chihuahuas were transported to HSPPR’s Colorado Springs campus, where behavior and veterinary teams examined the dogs. Officers believe most of the Chihuahuas are medically healthy, with a few needing dental surgeries and some needing time in the behavior modification program.

The first of these Chihuahuas could be available for adoption as early as next week.