Packs of Chihuahuas running loose in Phoenix neighborhood cause concern

PHOENIX - They may be small, but packs Chihuahuas are wreaking havoc in a Phoenix neighborhood, according to a report from our sister Scripps station ABC15.

Chihuahuas are on the loose in Maryvale and local residents there are worried about being bitten.

Animal Care and Control told ABC15 the big issue in Maryvale is overpopulation of Chihuahuas. Officials say it's going to take the help of neighbors to curb it.

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control said stray Chihuahua calls in the Maryvale area are double the calls they're getting in a similar-sized area such as Glendale. And, they say, the number is three times as high as stray Chihuahua calls in Chandler and Gilbert.

Children walking to and from school are being chased by packs of Chihuahuas, according to reports.

Animal control officials say people are calling about seeing stray Chihuahuas, but the dogs are long gone by the time they get there. They can't patrol the area because they're busy responding to dozens of calls at a time.

Officials say Chihuahuas are one of the most common breeds at the local shelter.

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