How like humans everywhere… we treat other species like toys, and then, when we get tired of playing with them, and discover what a chore it is to maintain them, clean up after them, and contain them (meaning… guarding other humans from attacks by our chihuahuas) — we’re DONE. We dump them, like we do the junk toys our kids leave around the house.
No compassion, no shame, not even the simple recognition that a chihuahua is a living animal — not a plastic toy with a broken wheel (junk).
I believe what is needed to deal with the epidemic of discarded dogs in shelters that are overflowing is a massive advertising campaign on TV, and on billboards in major cities — addressing the plight of these poor animals.
We need a “public service announcement on the 6:00 o’clock News by a notable personality (the governors of our major cities — or the Vice President of the Humane Society amid the Superbowl advertising)…something like that — a mobilized campaign to get the message out to all of us that we can’t continue to commercialize “cute little dogs” as temporary “toys” for affluent folks in fancy neighborhoods.
They don’t show up just in affluent neighborhoods. They show up in “The Hood” and in the small towns, and everywhere. And they are suffering, and dying. And it’s our fault.