A popular show may be to blame for a spike in Huskies being surrendered or abandoned in the Central Valley.
Shelters reported an increase of the breed as Game of Thrones exploded in popularity.
“We’ve seen just under 250 Huskies come into our rescue in a years time, a little over a years time, that to me tells me there’s a major issue with Huskies in this area. Ten years ago if I ran that same report and looked up how many Huskies it would probably be a quarter of that number,” Lydia House executive director of the Valley Oak SPCA said Monday.
Game of Thrones debuted in 2011 and brought the direwolf to the masses.
“So we saw 101 Dalmatians, everyone wanted to get a dalmatian, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, we saw Chihuahua breeders popping up everywhere,” House said. She said huskies are the trendy dog right now.
“These animals are coming in with names from the show,” she said.
But staff at the shelter said owners don’t know what they’re in for.
“High high energy. If you don’t run them, if you don’t exercise them, they’re going to want to get out of your yard. They’ll find a way out of your yard,” Monique Franco an animal care associate said.
The incredibly active breed is too much for many, employees said a family recently surrendered an entire litters along with both parents.
House says an increase in breeders is making the problem worse. “They don’t understand that at any given moment there’s probably up words of 40 to 50 Huskies in the municipal shelters that are up for euthanasia because of the over population,’ she said.
Many hope the wolf dog trend will fade as Game of Thrones wraps its final season.
Huskies available for adoption