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America's Got a New Ugliest Dog

Meet Sweepee Rambo

(Newser) - America has a new ugliest dog, and she is a doozy: Sweepee Rambo is a 4lb. Chinese Crested Chihuahua who is 17 years old and blind in both eyes, reports the New York Times . Sweepee Rambo was a gift from owner Jason Wurtz to his ex-wife, though Good Morning America... More »

Enjoy This Chihuahua Police Chase

The dog is fine

(Newser) - A Chihuahua, the San Francisco Bay Bridge, and the California Highway Patrol: It all adds up to one of the more entertaining police chases in a while. As the Los Angeles Times reports, one officer in a car and another on a motorcycle managed to catch the runaway dog on... More »

Dog Who Wouldn't Leave Dead Pal Getting a Home

Woman's video plea for stray pays off

(Newser) - He lost his friend but is gaining a home: A stray Chihuahua that wouldn't leave the side of another stray that had been fatally struck by a car won the heart of a Houston woman, reports ABC13 . "He kept trying to wake her up," says Lauren Kribbs... More »

Bay Area Overrun by Thousands of Chihuahuas

Victims of overbreeding, neglect

(Newser) - California's Bay Area has a pint-sized problem roaming its streets: Thousands of stray Chihuahuas, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . Hugely popular on the left coast, the dogs were overbred and now crowd animal shelters—making up half to three-quarters of dogs surrendered—and spill over onto the streets. "... More »

More Than 200 Chihuahuas Taken From Hoarder Home

'Numerous dead dogs found': AP

(Newser) - More than 200 Chihuahuas have been removed from what officials are calling unsanitary conditions in a central Pennsylvania home. The state Agriculture Department said late yesterday that dog wardens cooperating with state police executed a search warrant at the home in Benton, in Columbia County, after receiving numerous tips. They... More »

Sex Assault on Chihuahua Gets Ex-Convict 10 Years

Robert Edward De Shields must also register as sex offender

(Newser) - A wheelchair-bound California parolee has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting an eight-month-old Chihuahua. He must also register as a sex offender in what could be the first such requirement in an animal abuse case. Robert Edward De Shields was renting space in a Sacramento house... More »

Chihuahua Chases Off Robbers

Smoke shop thieves attacked by fearless pooch

(Newser) - A pair of threatening armed robbers in Los Angeles turned tail and fled when confronted by an angry ... Chihuahua. The pair ran off before getting all the cash they wanted after the 10-pound dog ferociously barked at them and jumped at one robber's leg, the Los Angeles Times reports.... More »

Chihuahua at Center of $29M Estate Battle

Did Gail Posner really love her dog—or was she manipulated?

(Newser) - A dying heiress leaves her $8.3 million mansion and a $3 million trust fund to her chihuahua, so little Conchita can continue to live in the diamond-wearing, spa-going manner to which she is accustomed. Sounds like just another tale of the eccentric rich, right? But Gail Posner's son thinks... More »

Man Admits Tossing Stranger's Chihuahua Off Bridge

Could get 4 years for fit of anger fatal to dog

(Newser) - A Maryland man who tossed a stranger's Chihuahua off a bridge in a fit of anger faces up to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty yesterday to theft and aggravated animal cruelty. David Beers, 35, snatched the 4-pound Zoey after her owners ordered him off their property,... More »

150 New Yorkers Vie for 15 Chihuahuas

California ships purse dogs East—but doesn't send enough

(Newser) - The migration of Chihuahuas from overloaded California shelters to the East Coast has gotten a lot of press—maybe too much. The publicity led 150 New Yorkers to line up outside the ASPCA yesterday to compete for 15 Chihuahuas. “This is a fucking joke,” one would-be owner tells... More »

California Ships Cast-Off Chihuahuas East

Shelters in other parts of the country happy to take popular breed

(Newser) - Just in time for the holidays, New Hampshire has dozens of Chihuahuas available for adoption thanks to a new project. A group of animal lovers, including actress Katherine Heigl, launched Project Flying Chihuahuas after hearing about the overpopulation of the diminutive breed in California shelters (some call it “Paris... More »

Calif. Shelters See Surge in Chihuahuas

Fashion dogs on track to eclipse pit bulls as most abandoned

(Newser) - A Hollywood-fueled demand for Chihuahuas in California has morphed into shelter populations that make up 50% of the dogs in some places. “It's been a slow and steady climb,” a San Francisco animal control spokeswoman tells the Los Angeles Times . “We call it the Paris Hilton syndrome.... More »

Cops Find 150 Dead Dogs in Mich. House

(Newser) - Authorities in a Detroit suburb say they’ve found more than 150 dead dogs in a house where more than 100 live Chihuahuas and Chihuahua mixes were found during the previous 2 days, the Free Press reports. The search began following a neighbor’s complaint earlier this week about a... More »

Taco Bell Chihuahua Dies at 15

Gidget charmed viewers in ads for chain

(Newser) - Gidget, the iconic chihuahua of Taco Bell ads, died of a stroke last night at 15, her trainer tells People. “She made so many people happy,” Sue Chipperton says. Largely retired, the canine spent most of her time basking in the sun and appearing in photo shoots, where... More »

Wind-Borne Chihuahua Safe

(Newser) - It is never fun to be a chihuahua in a wind storm, but this tale has a happy ending. It seems Tinker Bell, all 6 pounds of her, blew away from her owners amid 70mph gusts while at a flea market, the Detroit News reports. Her owners consulted a pet... More »

Rourke Loses Dog Who Was 'Love of His Life'

(Newser) - Loki, the Chihuahua who figured prominently in Mickey Rourke’s Golden Globe acceptance speech, died Monday, E! Online reports. The 18-year-old dog accompanied Rourke on the red carpet at the awards. The Oscar-nominated actor is very attached to his canine friends. “Sometimes, when a man is alone, that's all... More »

Beverly Hills Chihuahua Has Little Bite

Genre going to the dogs, critics moan

(Newser) - “If you’re going to make anything as ridiculous as a talking-dog movie, you might as well go all the way,” and Beverly Hills Chihuahua does just that, writes Nathan Lee in the New York Times. The story of a lapdog of luxury who finds herself among Aztec... More »

In LA, Chihuahuas Are Hot Dogs

'Lucky' the most common name

(Newser) - At least 1,262 Chihuahuas named “Princess” live in Los Angeles. That priceless pearl of wisdom comes from “LA’s Top Dogs,” a new searchable LA Times database of every registered canine. Only half the city’s dogs are legally registered, but of that population, Chihuahuas are... More »

Nic Cage Not a Chihuahua Thief

Turner backs off accusations, loses court case

(Newser) - It’s official: Nicolas Cage is not a chihuahua kleptomaniac, former co-star Kathleen Turner admits. Turner settled a libel lawsuit with Cage, confessing that she’d lied when she wrote that Cage had been “arrested twice for drunk-driving and, I think, for stealing a dog.” Turner and her... More »

Peggy Sue Got...Sued for Libel by Charlie

Nicolas Cage sues former co-star Kathleen Turner over claims in new book

(Newser) - National Treasure star Nicolas Cage is suing siren Kathleen Turner for libel over a passage in her autobiography, "Send Yourself Roses," in which she claims her co-star was drunk and difficult on the set of the 1986 movie Peggy Sue Got Married. Cage filed the lawsuit in London... More »

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