The 36 chihuahuas seized from two separate Watsonville, CA homes earlier this week were part of an animal hoarding case that included two relatives, one living in an apartment complex and another in a house in the same city, according to a Mar. 7, 2013 report by the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Officials said the 36 chihuahuas seized from the two homes included a total of 16 puppies from three different litters. The youngest of those puppies were just two weeks old.
Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter field services manager Todd Stosuy told the Sentinel, "It's a hoarding case first because not only were animals being hoarded, but also objects and possessions, making it difficult for officials to move through the residences. But they're both breeding situations as well because the dogs were indiscriminately breeding in the house."
The 36 chihuahuas seized this week are awaiting forever homes at the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Foster families and donations are also needed.