Maricopa County has a problem: It's animal shelters are "overflowing" with chihuahuas.
An earlier chihuahua infestation hit the Valley in December 2009. More on that here.
According to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, there are about 200 chihuahuas currently bedding down in the county's shelters, and they all need a home.
Some kennels, MCACC spokeswoman Aprille Hollis says, are holding up to four pooches per cage, and with the Fourth of July (one of the MCACC's busiest times of year) fast approaching, the agency needs to free up some space.
Starting today, the MCACC is holding a "Super Chihuahua Adoption Special," during which you'll be able to get your own bug-eyed lapdog for the bargain price of $51 for dogs older than one year old.
The $51 includes spay/neuter surgery, a 4-in-1 vaccination, and a rabies vaccination.
The MCACC's chihuahua sale will run through June 30.
Anyone interested in rescuing a chihuahua can visit the MCACC's website here, or call 602-506-7387.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.