Officials with Burbank-based Chihuahua Rescue expect to learn
Thursday if a Los Angeles County judge will allow the agency to place
into foster homes 174 dogs that would otherwise be destroyed.
The dogs were seized in November from the Acton home of a breeder
who allegedly neglected the animals, resulting in inbreeding and
antisocial behavior. The Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control
Department, which is housing the dogs at its facility in Baldwin
Park, has recommended to a judge that they be destroyed.
“They deserve to live just like all other dogs out there,” said
Susan Marlowe, a Chihuahua Rescue volunteer.
At Thursday’s hearing, officials from Chihuahua Rescue will ask
the judge to allow them to place the dogs into homes with individuals
trained to rehabilitate antisocial canines. Officials said the group
has identified foster homes throughout the country for all of the
animals, but none would be housed in the organization’s Burbank
shelter. Alaska Airlines has offered discounted rates for transport
of the dogs, as has Sky Ark Inc., which specializes in transporting
rescued animals, they added.
Officials with the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control
Department could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but have said
the dogs are aggressive and have formed feral packs.
Chihuahua Rescue founder Kimi Peck said the dogs’ aggressive
behavior will be erased when they are placed with individuals skilled
at socializing abused animals.
“I’ve been rescuing dogs for years, and most of them were deemed
unadaptable,” she said. “Every single dog in this lot can be
The local nonprofit agency’s efforts to save the Chihuahuas has
also garnered the attention of local and national media, including
MSNBC and the New York Post. When some of those reports incorrectly
identified the Burbank Animal Shelter as the agency involved, shelter
officials said they were inundated with several hundred calls about
A candlelight vigil for the Chihuahuas will be at 8 tonight in
front of the Chihuahua Rescue kennel at 421 N. Moss St. Peck said
those in attendance will walk along Magnolia Boulevard and light a
candle for each of the dogs.