24 Chihuahuas Rescued From Filthy House Are Being Spoiled By Shelter Workers, As They Get Ready For New Homes

Photo credit: SPCA of Brevard

When investigators arrived at this Florida home, they found found two teenage boys, their bare feet covered in dog excrement.

But the house was so full of garbage — along with roaches, and other detritus — that they at first discovered fewer than half of the Chihuahuas living in this household.

Photo credit: SPCA of Brevard
Photo credit: SPCA of Brevard

“The residence was in complete disarray, with dried dog feces and urine covering the entire floor throughout the residence,” according to the police report.

Photo credit: SPCA of Brevard
Photo credit: SPCA of Brevard

“Animal services called us on Sunday and asked us to take nine Chihuahuas, which we did,” says SPCA of Brevard spokesperson Susan Naylor.

“Afterwards, they found a lot more in the house, so we took most of those, too.”

Photo credit: SPCA of Brevard
Photo credit: SPCA of Brevard

Tamara Daniels — the boys’ mother, and owner of the Chihuahuas — was arrested and charged with felony child neglect. The boys were sent to live with a relative.

And the Chihuahuas — 24 in all, with a handful of them pregnant — are now also being given a second chance.

Photo credit: SPCA of Brevard
Photo credit: SPCA of Brevard

Naylor says the dogs — dubbed the Chipolooza Crew — are in surprisingly good shape, considering where they’ve come from.

They do not seem to have major medical problems, and “behaviorally, most are scared, but they are all friendly.”

Photo credit: SPCA of Brevard
Photo credit: SPCA of Brevard

Four pregnant Chihuahuas are in foster homes now. One of them, whose foster mom is a photographer, was treated to a maternity shoot.

Photo credit: Benzel Photography
Photo credit: Benzel Photography

The rest of the crew are still at the shelter — about 50 miles south of Daytona — being given medical care, baths, and TLC, while readied for their next chapters.

They spend their days playing, and “snuggling each other and staff trying to get used to all the changes that have happened in the past few days,” says Naylor.

Photo credit: SPCA of Brevard
Photo credit: SPCA of Brevard

She’s confident they’ll get there.

“Dogs are innocent. They don’t have a say in what happens to them. It is our job to make sure that any pets in our care get the chance to have the best life possible,” Naylor says. “Only good things for these babies from now on.”

Photo credit: SPCA of Brevard
Photo credit: SPCA of Brevard

SPCA of Brevard is asking for help with the Chipolooza Crew’s expenses. Here’s where to donate.

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Arin Greenwood

Arin Greenwood is an animal writer based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Previously, she was animal welfare editor at The Huffington Post. Arin is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar), life long animal lover, pit bull advocate, and devoted fan of cats and dogs who run for public office. Her first novel, Tropical Depression -- based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam -- was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a comic young adult mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013. Hello From Dog Island!, Arin's third book, will be published by Soho Teen in 2018. Know a shelter with a great, innovative program? Have another animal story to share? Get in touch at aringreenwood@gmail.com!

1 comment

  1. Sidney says:

    Breaks my heart… But happy ending

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