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Chihuahua gangs terrorize Phoenix suburbs

Posted on Sunday, 23 February, 2014 | Comment icon 64 comments

The dogs roam in packs around the streets. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Robert Simmons
Roaming packs of small dogs are proving to be an unexpected menace in some parts of Arizona.
Chihuahuas might not be the first breed that springs to mind when you think of dangerous dogs, yet for residents of Maryvale the threat posed by these pint-sized canines is proving all too real.

Out of control gangs of Chihuahuas have been seen chasing young schoolchildren, a problem that has generated great concern among parents and school officials. The animals have also been fouling roads and footpaths with impunity, raising concerns over public health.

Animal control officials say they have received over 6,000 phone calls about the animals last year alone and are currently finding themselves overwhelmed by the problem.

"We compared the number of calls we got in 2013 from that area to similar areas in town and the calls from Maryvale were three times higher than surrounding areas," said Melissa Gable of the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. "Part of it is these animals aren’t spayed or neutered, so they’re out looking for a mate and are having babies, which also contributes to the problem."

Source: Independent | Comments (64)

Tags: Phoenix, Arizona, Dog, Chihuahuas

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #55 Posted by Paranomali on 28 February, 2014, 23:16
Depends how big the gangs get
Comment icon #56 Posted by coldethyl on 28 February, 2014, 23:51
Just don't carry ground beef in your pockets.
Comment icon #57 Posted by rangerdude on 2 March, 2014, 1:52
I live in the Maryvale section of Phoenix. I have had many encounters with aggressive Chihuahuas while walking in the park. I might walk past a larger dog like a German Shepherd or a Husky, and they will hardly give me a passing glance. But these little canine characters cop an attitude when they walk past with their owner. They are the Napoleon Complexes of the canine world, like they have something to prove. I mean, it's not like they can do an adult much harm except maybe pull your shoelaces loose. LOL!
Comment icon #58 Posted by I_Am_Avatar_Korra on 2 March, 2014, 3:25
Lucky has issues but other than that she's a good dog. She's afraid of big dogs and she'll start to whine. Once Lucky gets to "know" someone she's fine with you.
Comment icon #59 Posted by Silver Surfer on 14 March, 2014, 7:30
RESURRECT THREAD! Only coz I Just found their answer. When will i be more then ectoplasmic residue :/ 82 likes 203 posts... thats gotta be Aliens!
Comment icon #60 Posted by Taun on 14 March, 2014, 11:38
When will i be more then ectoplasmic residue :/ 82 likes 203 posts... thats gotta be Aliens! The mods convene a secret conclave according to an esoteric schedule they have derived, combining the Mayan calendar, the frequency of traffic lights turing red in Mozambique and signals from the spirit world... At these conclaves they determine who is worthy of being elevated to the next level of enlightenment... At each higher level you have to take solemn oaths and sacrifice a digital chicken, swearing you will not reveal any of the secret and mystical information about the TRUE nature of the cosmos... [More]
Comment icon #61 Posted by Lilly on 14 March, 2014, 11:47
Silence Taun...or you shall seal your fate! A python with your name on it *could* be waiting outside your door!
Comment icon #62 Posted by Taun on 14 March, 2014, 12:14
Silence Taun...or you shall seal your fate! A python with your name on it *could* be waiting outside your door! Well at least I didn't tell them that the conclave meets in the secret sanctum located in the basement of Ferndocker's Liquor store in Muncie Indiana.... oops....
Comment icon #63 Posted by Lilly on 14 March, 2014, 12:46
* Deploys a python large enough to swallow a moose*
Comment icon #64 Posted by Taun on 14 March, 2014, 14:23
* Deploys a python large enough to swallow a moose* That's ridiculous! There is no such thing as a python large enough to swallow a moo - .... erk!

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