Beverly Hills Chihuahua stars make plea to public

Animal rescue groups and shelters are anticipating “buyers demand” for Chihuahuas when the Disney film Beverly Hills Chihuahua hits the theaters this weekend. The stars of the film are speaking out on behalf of the little dogs locked in puppy mils and pet stores.  In the video below, actresses Jamie Lee Curtis, Loretta Devine and Ali Hillis urge people to break the puppy mill cycle and adopt, rather than buy from pet stores supplied by puppy mills. Child stars Madeline Carroll and Sage Ryan Campbell also add their voices, and even the dog star, Papi, who was himself rescued off the euthanasia list at a Moreno Valley shelter implores people to not “buy my family.” Julie Castle, director of community programs for Best Friends Animal Society, which produced the video, says: “It’s so refreshing to see that this Disney movie’s stars recognize the potential for little dogs to be victims of our ‘fashion statement’ culture and to be willing to use their star power to urge people to not feed the demand for puppy mill dogs. We all remember how ‘101 Dalmatians’ led to a huge rush to buy those dogs and how so many of these dogs were then abandoned in shelters and euthanized.”

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  1. Nancy • October 3, 2008 @ 7:57 PM

    I would never own another Chihuahua! We had several of them at different times when I was growing up and I have to tell you that it is in their breed, the majority of them choke to death…on nothing. It is very horrible to watch a living thing that you love choke to death and there is nothing you can do about it.

  2. Jo-Anne. • October 3, 2008 @ 8:53 PM

    Really good to hear the stars going to bat on this one. Puppy mills are deplorable, anyone involved in animal cruelty is equally deplorable.

    We have had a few pets over the years, some from shelters, unwanted, needed new homes, including cats, a collie/Shepherd (passed away at 17 last year) and a 11 year old chihuahua who has been wonderful. We have only had him three years but he is a very welcome addition, very easy to take care of and extremely affectionate. The fellow we got him through owns 2 as well and has not experienced any problems through the years. Sorry to hear of your history with them Nancy.

  3. Nancy • October 3, 2008 @ 10:47 PM

    Thanks. We must have had at least 5 Chihuahua’s and every one of them choked on nothing. My mother spoke with the vet. and he said mostly all of them die like that. It’s awful! I helplessly watched 2 of them die, the others passed while I was in school. Hopefully yours beats the odds because it really is heartbreaking to see.

  4. tributegirl • October 3, 2008 @ 11:29 PM

    Wow, Nancy, that’s awful. I’ve never heard of that. We had a shepherd/husky/collie mix & her hips went at a young age, had to put her down and that was so hard. We now have a 2 year old sheltie, bought from a registered breeder, we went to the home, saw the parents, etc, it was a very good experience and my daughter has trained him, and done some agility with him. The one we had to put down came from a shelter and she was a great dog. But I would NEVER buy a dog or cat from a mill or a pet store, esp pets unlimited, a lot of theirs are from puppy mills. My daughter did a speech on puppy mills, and what she found out and spoke on nearly made me sick.

  5. Xenobiologista • October 10, 2008 @ 5:58 PM

    I think this is a reaction by Disney to the petitions of humane societies and individual animal lovers. If they really wanted to be proactive, they would have put this at the end of the movie from the day of its release.

    Some of the genetic conditions that show up in dog breeds are appalling. If you took a puppy and smashed it into a wall until its face was flat like a pug’s, or beat it with a stick until its hips were deformed like a GSD’s, you would be jailed or at least have a massive fine to pay, but there’s nothing to stop people from doing that to them genetically. I’m not even talking about the “puppy mills”, even so-called responsible breeders produce animals like this.

    The BBC is thinking of boycotting Crufts (the biggest dog show in England) because the Kennel Club has refused to take action on inbreeding.

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