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Pet lovers fight to adopt seized dogs

March 18, 2008

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— A frenzy of tiny-dog lovers has descended on an animal shelter that rescued hundreds of small dogs from a filthy rural Arizona home, with some potential owners getting into shoving matches.

The nearly 800 small dogs, mostly Chihuahuas, and 36 parrots were found in a large mobile home northwest of Tucson last week. All that were old enough and healthy enough to leave the shelter were adopted by Monday, authorities said.

When news spread Thursday of the dog rescue, hundreds of people packed into the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in hopes of adopting the dogs, spokeswoman Jenny Rose said. Tempers flared, and a few people got into shoving matches. The sheriff's department cleared everyone out, and the shelter closed for the day.

The next day, Rose said, 500 people lined up to get the dogs. The shelter passed out numbers and had everyone come back in groups of 100.

"This has been uncharted territory for us," Rose said. "We would like to give everyone a dog who is interested in one, but we just don't have enough."

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