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Tue, Mar 18 | By Pet Pulse Staff Reports | 1419

PHOENIX – The rescue of 800 Chihuahuas in a filthy rural Arizona home last week made headlines around the world. It was an extreme case of hoarding, which caught the media eye and turned out hundreds of goodwill seekers who then got ug… more ›

800 Rescue Dogs Cause International Adoption Craze
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Sheryl  S.
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Sheryl S.
5 years ago

OMG 800 dogs living in a mobile home? How is that even possible???

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Amber A.
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Amber A.
5 years ago

wow.. what a intresting story! i hope all the homes are good

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Jackie L.
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Jackie L.
5 years ago

I hope they screened these people. Some of them sound like nuts. It always amazes me how many people show up to adopt animals like this that get media attention, but how many of them would actually look at another shelter dog if they didn't get one of the media dogs? Do they actually want a dog, or a story to tell their friends.

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debby r.
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debby r.
5 years ago

How could somthing like this happen?? I hope all applicants were screened.

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Ralph M.
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Ralph M.
5 years ago

I know they were interested in finding homes for all the dogs, but I have to wonder if the applicants were checked out to see if they were good homes for the dogs.

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Terry F.
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Terry F.
5 years ago

800 dogs in a mobile home - how could anyone have not noticed sooner!? Also, why 500 people showed up to adopt these dogs is beyond me when there are dogs needing homes in their own states and countries on a daily basis.

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Chainball
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Chainball
5 years ago

Hoarders need to be flushed out and animals need to be taken away from these well-intentioned, yet misinformed folks.

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Janet R.
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Janet R.
5 years ago

How did this go under the radar? How easy is it to hide 800 dogs? Hoarding is a form of abuse, though I know that the hoarder has the best intentions. Glad that the dogs have been adopted.

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Melissa P.
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Melissa P.
5 years ago

so they didn't spay them and that is how it rose to 800?? god imagine how these poor babies lived. this is why i am for free mental health services. therapy should not only be for those with insurance or money. people have issues and animals suffer as a result.

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Dorothy H.
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Dorothy H.
5 years ago

800??!! So how did they feed them, care for them, and so forth? And the people who wanted one of them, some nerve to call the worker on her cell phone at 8 am. Jeez! I know this is a 'breed' dog and probably hard to get, but some common courtesy would be nice.

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Marisa M.
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Marisa M.
5 years ago

I don't understand how this wasn't reported earlier?!?! 800 dogs? Are they serious? I am SURE that all of the dogs are much better off in their new home- where ever that may be.

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

sometimes it takes a "tragedy" or story like this for people to move to action. I wish all the dogs and birds the best in their new homes.

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Allison M.
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Allison M.
5 years ago

This is wonderful that they had too many adopters! I wish every shelter had that problem!

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LilyK
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LilyK
5 years ago

We should try to post a story every week about one shelter somewhere in the country. They may not have 800 chihuahuas but they most likely have a lot of animals looking for forever homes.

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naneki26 k.
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naneki26 k.
5 years ago

When you make a bust this size you call all shelters for back up! I'm sure they are all sittin pretty by now!

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BuilderBob
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BuilderBob
5 years ago

That must have been one heck of large mobile home! And no one picked up on this when there were 200, 400 or 700 dogs on the property?

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Diane
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Diane
5 years ago

I pray they find loving homes!

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Carol L.
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Carol L.
5 years ago

I simply cannot understand all of those dogs in a mobile home. I am happy they were rescued and adopted. Happy endings are good

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Diane
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Diane
5 years ago

I am happy all is well.

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Kitnpup31605
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Kitnpup31605
5 years ago

Some people do that......usually those who are mentally ill.

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patty
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patty
6 years ago

Bad enough they had all those animals in one area, question is how did they get them all? Apparently they had never heard of spay or neuter programs. Glad it looks like things will work out for the animals

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Amy R.
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Amy R.
6 years ago

i'm so glad that the dogs found homes.

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Alexis93
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Alexis93
6 years ago

sad situation

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roberta m.
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roberta m.
6 years ago

i cannot believe friends family and or neighbors would let it get so bad. you can hear just a couple of those dogs yiping. i cannot even imagine that amount in one location. good lord!

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sharon d.
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sharon d.
6 years ago

I'm still trying to figure out how 800 dogs and 80 something Parrots lived in one trailer home! Geez!!!
This is one of those stories that make you sad and glad.These people probably started out innocently enough,but with that amount of animals,there had to be some " reality issues" with the owners .I 'm glad that the animals were wanted and given out for adoption,but it is sad knowing that there are overflowing animal shelters all over the country ,that could use a little bit of this sort of attention from the Media to help all those animals too..

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Shanna T.
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Shanna T.
6 years ago

Me too. My girlfriend and I were living in a 1 br trailer home with my friend, her baby and her boyfriend, plus my 3 bunnies and our other guy friend who got the couch.

five people, one baby, and 3 bunnies?

that's crowded.

800 chihuahuas?

good lord.

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Michael S.
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Michael S.
6 years ago

I love chihuahuas. They are so cute. I'm so glad that people by the thousands want to adopt one.

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Kali H.
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Kali H.
6 years ago

While my husband and I don't typically see eye to eye when it comes to animals, we BOTH agree that advertising on TV really piques the interest of those who would otherwise not likely opt to adopt from a shelter. They see an animal - virtually ANY animal - on the screen and for whatever reason decide that they MUST adopt that creature. Maybe all the shelters/rescues/ACs should get a coalition going and convince every station to run a 'ticker tape' of adoptables at the top/bottom of every channel 24/7. To see the millions of homeless animals in need of a home day after day after day.....

Makes me sad that so many people are only interested in what's been advertised on TV. On the flip side, at least they showed up at the shelter. With any luck, an animal in need of a home (that wasn't subjected to 15 minutes of fame) may have found one.

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Penguin
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Penguin
6 years ago

I'm glad the dogs are finding homes. I wish all dogs were this easy to adopt out.

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Megpop
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Megpop
6 years ago

Why do we only see this kind of interest in adoption when there is an interesting story to go along with it? Where are all these people while thousands of other dogs need homes? People who hoard animals are suffering from mental illness. These people usually think that they are doing the best thing for the animals. Often, they start out by trying to adopt strays out of their homes. I find their stories to be very sad.

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peggy m.
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peggy m.
6 years ago

stories like this make me sick. hope these animals find good homes.

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Beagle100
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Beagle100
6 years ago

I can't even imagine. Where in the world did they walk? I'm glad there were so many people interested in these dogs. It would have been horrible if no one was interested.

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Michelegoodyear
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Michelegoodyear
6 years ago

I sympathize with the dogs owners but I'm glad they took them away from them.

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Kate H.
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Kate H.
6 years ago

Wow. How did they fit that many dogs in a TRAILER?!

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Rebecca
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Rebecca
6 years ago

I agree with Jill, we need to get awareness out like this much more often, not just in times of disaster.

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Jill D.
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Jill D.
6 years ago

It's a little disheartening that a it takes a "disaster" to raise awareness about shelter adoption.

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Cara D.
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Cara D.
6 years ago

I am curious how this turned out. I hope all the dogs found homes. I have mixed feeling about the outpoor of people wanting to adopt the Chihuahuas. Glad to see people want to help but feel some are just interested in having that specific breed. Hope all turned out well.

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Wensher
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Wensher
6 years ago

Great response! Hope they all find loving homes.

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kelly r.
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kelly r.
6 years ago

So sad! Poor little dogs! I hope they find good homes.

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Melissa S.
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Melissa S.
6 years ago

I wanted to comment on Merideth M's comment but couldn't figure out how (since it is in the 'latest & greatest' column. I hope people send your organization money to help cover the cost of this incredible hoarding situation.

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Amy S.
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Amy S.
6 years ago

What a sad case. Hoarding is a horrible abuse of animals that stems from a very misguided attempt to "help" them. I hope these people are monitored and prevented from getting any more animals, even if they aren't charged. (They also need professional mental help!!) And I wish I could figure out a way to make all the great, adoptable dogs at the shelter I support "famous" so that people would flock to adopt them. Where are these people on an average day for non-news-making animals?!

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Kelly C.
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Kelly C.
6 years ago

wish more people would go out and adopt rather than spend hundreds on designer mutts

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KittiesRsweet
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KittiesRsweet
6 years ago

How could you fit that many animals in a trailer! Those poor things! Glad to hear that they're finding new homes.

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Bob C.
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Bob C.
6 years ago

This sounds like a great organization.. however I think we need to clean our own house before we go to the neighbors

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Melissa
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Melissa
6 years ago

They were all in a trailer??? I know about a girl how had 80 cats in a trailer and it was trashed so bad she had to just "junk" the trailer. I can't imagine the conditions in that place with that many dogs. I am glad so many people are willing to give them homes, though.

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Merrell R.
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Merrell R.
6 years ago

It does make you want to go and adopt just one to help out.

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Donna B.
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Donna B.
6 years ago

It's great that so many of the animals have found homes and I hope the remaining animals currently being fostered eventually get their forever homes. Situations like this are so sad and unfortunately so many times by the time they are investigated it's too late for many of the animals. I believe that there are underlying issues in cases like this and if the individuals involved simply lose their animals and don't have any consequences or aren't forced to get help for what causes their "collecting" it is very likely they can end up repeating their past mistakes!

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Ann H.
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Ann H.
6 years ago

I cant imagine

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Mia S.
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Mia S.
6 years ago

Dang! how do you fit 800 dogs in one home, a mobile home no less!

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 Kassy S.
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Kassy S.
6 years ago

I cant believe they had 800 dogs in there home. That is crazy. I am happy though that they got a good home. =]

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Brittany
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Brittany
6 years ago

It is really great to hear that so many dogs are able to get adopted to good homes. Chihuahaus are the cutest dogs ever!

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Coolcat26
6 years ago

Thats amazing 800 dogs. I can't believe someone didn't try to get those people some help like their family didnt try to help them out somehow or put those dogs up for adoption. hopefully this will show people not to collect animals. Maybe just have 2 or 3 and not hundreds

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