Many elements came together to make southern California a Perfect Storm for Chihuahua overpopulation.
First, with sarcastic thanks to Madonna, Pamela, Britany, she-who-won't-be-named on this blog, and all the rest who posed with the tiny dogs making them a fashion statement.
Then puppy millers flooded the market because they could be bred in small spaces and didn't eat much.
Wannabes bought them and then discarded them like last year's shoes.
Of couse no one made much effort to spay or neuter them. It was so cute to watch horny male Chihuahuas impregnate anything they could reach.
When they were no longer a fashion fad, thousands were sent to shelters where the supply exceeded the demand. At one time 50% of the dogs in Los Angeles shelters were Chihuahuas.
Since 2010 the Los Angeles chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCALA) has been running a program to airlift Chihuahuas to cities where there are people eager to adopt them.
They have gone to cities in New York, Colorado, Washington, Texas, Florida and even to Edmonton, Canada.
Let's hope in a few years we won't have to have Air Yorkie flights as another breed gets discarded like last year's shoes.