60 Chihuahuas in the Bakersfield, California area have been rescued from an abandoned lot. Now, they’re on their way to finding their forever homes.

Several rescue groups partnered to pull the Chihuahuas from an animal hoarding case in the area after the dogs’ situation became “dire.” Fourteen of the pups went to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe.

The group of dogs — Chico, Charles, Captain, Curtis, Chase, Chappy, Chauncey, Copper, Chadwick, Cash, Calvin, Cactus, Candy, and Cherry — were soon joined by two puppies born to mom Cherry.

The Chihuahuas’ rescue was “imperative” due to the number of dogs being kept together and their poor health.

Chihuahuas Rescued

CREDIT: HELEN WOODWARD ANIMAL CENTER

Chihuahuas Rescued

CREDIT: HELEN WOODWARD ANIMAL CENTER

The dogs had a host of ailments upon their rescue. This includes respiratory illnesses, skin issues, and physical injuries. They also did not receive their routine vaccines and spay/neuter surgeries.

What Has Happened to the 60 Pups?

However, they are now well on their way to healing, having received medical attention. They have also received basic training and socialization.

“While they may look small, these wonderful pups have shown us their big hearts. They have taught us so much about overcoming struggles,” Dora Dahlke said in the release.

“The pups have very similar looks but they all are unique and special in their own way. They have taken their own time to heal and show their true selves,” she continued. “We are so grateful to have been able to be a part of their growth”.

So far, eight of the 16 Chihuahuas at the Helen Woodward Animal Center have been adopted. Two other pups, Chadwick and Cash, await forever homes.

As for the rest, Cherry is taking a break in foster care following the birth of her puppies. Chauncey is receiving specialized medical care for his leg. And, Candy & Calvin are working with a trainer to get ready for adoption.

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