Gangs of Chihuahuas Are Not Running Maryvale

Categories: Back in Arizona
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By Matthew Hendley


Several national news-media outlets are claiming that gangs of stray Chihuahuas are "terrorizing" or "taking over" the West Phoenix neighborhood of Maryvale.

With tales of packs of up to a dozen Chihuahuas attacking children as they walk to school, we decided to check it out firsthand.

After careful observation, our conclusion is that, in fact, Chihuahuas are not running Maryvale.

We spent the better part of an hour this morning driving through several Maryvale neighborhoods, street by street, checking the yards, alleys, and parks for gangs of Chihuahuas terrorizing the residents of Maryvale.

We found dozens and dozens of people outside, and not a single one of them was getting attacked by Chihuahuas, despite what we'd just read on websites such as TIME magazine's.

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In fact, here's a tally of what we found during our investigation this morning:

  • Pink plastic lawn flamingos: 2
  • Stray cats: 1
  • Chihuahuas: 1
  • Stray Chihuahuas: 0

The only Chihuahua we found had a collar and was in a fenced-in front yard in a neighborhood near 51st Avenue and Thomas Road. Maybe it was protecting the Chihuahua gang clubhouse, but we're guessing not.

Much like most of the "crazy" stories we see about Arizona on national news broadcasts -- most recently, the story of a man's "lifetime ban" from Walmart -- this tale's pretty much complete crap.

The story sprouted from local news reports citing Maricopa County Animal Care and Control officials, who said reports of stray Chihuahuas in Maryvale are quite a bit higher than similar-size areas in other areas around Phoenix. The story told on ABC News' national broadcast included a claim of 15 Chihuahuas attacking kids on the way to school, and the report doesn't mention exactly where that story came from.



Bottom line: Are there a lot of strays in Maryvale? Probably. But are Chihuahuas "terrorizing" the neighborhood? No.

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78 comments
brainwashkenny
brainwashkenny

South Park should create a new episode with this story.

Kyle will lead these dogs to California.

Annette Ruiz
Annette Ruiz

Don't mess with the mighty warrior chi's

Artie Salem
Artie Salem

If they are ruled by this dude, you're all in trouble. He'd cut you for a burrito supreme.

lennygarbo
lennygarbo

Yes, Chihuahuas have moved into Yellowstone as well, and they're displacing the Wolves and Coyotes, and severely depleting the stocks of Bison and Elk.

dkessler4
dkessler4

Wow, what a relief!  Those little ankle biters could ruin your day.  I guess people back in the cold have nothing better to do than to read articles about little dogs terrorizing people in the land of the sun.  We're bound to have people coming from the East looking for them.

Rick Larsen
Rick Larsen

I'm still making a movie about it. I don't care if it's not real.

Lizeth Karina Bencomo
Lizeth Karina Bencomo

I live in maryvale and I actually was followed by a pack of dogs (not just chihuahuas) on my way to school... 8 years ago. They'd bark and charge at me but I barked back. I was a strange kid lol

Sam Cortez
Sam Cortez

need to head up a few blocks to 43rd ave, this morning there was 4 chihuahuas on my block , they weren't rabid attacking people tho. It was more like a block orgy and the dogs kept fighting eachother for my neighbors slut dog lol.

Charlie Erb
Charlie Erb

"We spent the better part of an hour this morning driving through several Maryvale neighborhoods..." wow, such dedicated and thorough investigation! Granted, the TIME story is total crap, but...

Mikey Lee
Mikey Lee

Round em up and get rid of them

Sean Ormes
Sean Ormes

i grew up in maryvale never saw a gang of chihuahuas

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

And they wanna talk shit about news channel five for casting stories that are utter nonsense.

lisalisanoneya
lisalisanoneya

gosh..stop hating so much.......get a life.............

Rocky Mountain Hi
Rocky Mountain Hi

Stray Chihauhaus=Stray illegal aliens usually. They don't give a crap about their property or their poor pets and let them run loose and out of control. We have stray Chihauhaus getting run over every week where I live in Denver. Pesty vermin, the illegals, not the poor little doggies.

Gary Deyoung
Gary Deyoung

Really you guys were there a "better part of an hour" and you magically know that area. I can recall a pack of noisy dogs that got wild at dusk. Maybe spend more then an hour and talk to the people that live there. Instead of being lazy and possibly slandering a community. We need to regulate the media.

Melissa Gwyther
Melissa Gwyther

This happens in lower income cities and neighborhoods. I am assuming it's due to not having the means to fix their dogs or the neighborhood is broken down, fences need fixed etc. this needs addressed by the community. Being in rescue myself, it is very true what Randy Dube said, even though they appear stray, most are not, they just let them roam and you need to be very careful not to take someone's dog.

James Tomczak
James Tomczak

Mam I wish a pack of chihuahuas would attack me..

Hector Joe Mora
Hector Joe Mora

While working at the San Carlos High School I saw a pack of Chihuahuas living in a culvert pipe on campus .

EL Julio
EL Julio

Erika Castellanoz claro k no... El julio controla y rifa por las calles de la finikera

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

AND by  THE WAY..........CHIHUAHUAS..............ARE GREAT DOGS......VERY LOYAL COMPANIONS.....IF SOMEONE IS ENTERING YOUR YARD...OR HOUSE THEY WILL ALERT YOU....OR if your house is BURNING DOWN....THE SAME...

Randy Dube
Randy Dube

Just don't run over a pack of free roaming chihuahuas, because their owners will open fire on you!

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

Do ya... you feel better about yourselves now................really..............y all got way to much on time on your hands..........get a life.........shmucks..........

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

wow.........can i hear anyone say little white poodle....................ouch that hurt......get a tissue..............

Jeffrey Wade
Jeffrey Wade

The homes around 7th st and Indian School have several packs of Chihuahuas running around. They're not aggressive though, and will probably run from you if you get too close.

Mike Bault
Mike Bault

up by 23rd Ave and Orangewood...there used to be a breeder there that allowed all the little devils to run and play outside,it was funny to see them all come charging around the corner of the house,he must of had 50 of them

Pete Diaz
Pete Diaz

Rode my bike thru there !! Little sharks nipping at my heels!! Lol

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@lennygarbo There's even rumors of giant saber-toothed chihuahuas living in the sewers.

squash
squash

@Gary Deyoung Regulating the media would be a huge threat to freedom of the press and would have a chilling effect on journalism. Some things need to be regulated, but not the media. That's a horrible idea.

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

YOU BELONG IN A MENTAL INSTITUTION.......FOR SOMe MEDS  id SAY...

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

ALL DOGS RUN IN PACKS MY FRIEND.....GET A GRIPP........

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

You can just go to wall mart for that.....YOU SILLY MAN........

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