A town in suburban Phoenix isn't experiencing a zombie apocalypse. No, it's under threat from something far worse: the Chihuahua. Actually, lots of them reports Ashley Burns at Uproxx:
The town of Maryvale, Arizona is currently dealing with a horrifying problem that is forcing many residents to live as prisoners in their own homes. Packs of stray Chihuahuas are roaming the streets and actively recruiting other stray dogs to join their mangy gang of rejects, and they're all barking and pooping like they own the place.
What's important to remember is that if you're in the greater Maryvale area and you encounter one of these gangs of street toughs, contact someone immediately and climb the nearest tree.
All funny aside (ok, not all), officials aren't sure about the source of Maryvale's peculiar Chihuahua problem, apart from runaway breeding of course. But it's got parents spooked. Their kids are being hounded by diminutive hounds.
"Yeah a lot of them they are out here chasing kids or going yard to yard...anywhere in groups of eight to twelve just running around," said one area resident and shaky father. An animal control spokeswoman added, "Obviously you have the deal with feces and is unsanitary and all these strays everyone is at risk for dog bites."
Indeed. To kids Chihuahuas can appear more like medium-sized dogs, not little tiny ones.