After police removed 34 Chihuahuas from an Olathe home last week, a dozen puppies and dogs remained at an animal shelter Wednesday, waiting to be adopted.
Police had been called to the house, near Parker Street and Forest Drive, on Aug. 31 after a passerby saw “eight to 10” Chihuahuas loose outside the home.
Officers were familiar with the dog owner, said Sgt. Bryan Hill, an Olathe Police Department spokesman. The Olathe woman had been cited previously for keeping too many dogs.
“We didn’t realize there were 34 of them,” Hill said.
The owner agreed to give up the dogs because she was not able to care for them, Hill said. Police did not believe that she was selling the dogs, but that she was keeping them as pets. She had started with four Chihuahuas and, not being spayed or neutered, they multiplied.
“It got out of hand,” Hill said.
Twelve of the dogs remained available for adoption at the Olathe Animal Shelter, 505 E. Sunvale Drive.
Puppies can be adopted for $90, including vaccinations. Adult dogs cost $110, including spaying or neutering and vaccinations.