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MIAMI (AP) — Animal Services officials have removed 42 Chihuahuas who were crowded into a private home in northwest Miami-Dade County.

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Officials said Thursday the dogs were evaluated by veterinarians and found to be in good condition. Animal Services is putting the Chihuahuas up for adoption.

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The unusually large number of dogs in the home appears to have resulted from uncontrolled breeding. Miami-Dade Animal Services Director Alex Munoz says that is a major contributor to the large number of homeless pets in the area.

Alex Munoz says it’s important to have pets spayed or neutered.

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