Pets for adop­tion on TV

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fort of their couch,” said Matthew Strauss, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of new me­dia for Com­cast.

Mean­while, Com­cast an­nounced that it will in­crease the num­ber of Chi­huahuas fea­tured. The an­nounce­ment was made in re­sponse to an in­crease in the num­ber of Chi­huahuas com­ing into shelters in Cal­i­for­nia. The Chi­huahua cri­sis in Cal­i­for­nia de­vel­oped as Hol­ly­wood fea­tured the dogs in movies such as “Bev­erly Hills Chi­huahua” and “Legally Blonde.”

As th­ese small ca­nine be­came com­pan­ions to the rich and fa­mous such as Paris Hil­ton, back­yard breed­ers saw a chance to make hun­dreds of dol­lars per dog. Mean­while, the re­ces­sion forced some dog own­ers to aban­don their pets.

Cal­i­for­nia shelters re­port that Chi­huahuas make up 30 per­cent of their dog pop­u­la­tions. In 2009, an­i­mal shelters in Los An­ge­les took in about 4,700 Chi­huahuas. To cope with the glut of Chi­huahuas, many Cal­i­for­nia shelters are send­ing the dogs to shelters across the coun­try for adop­tion.

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