'Game of Thrones' Star Urges Fans to Stop Seeking Out Huskies That Look Like Direwolves
Peter Dinklage says too many people are adopting huskies and abandoning them after failing to recognize their needs.
The actor has teamed up with PETA to urge fans of the fantasy TV series not to purchase the husky pups because they are often returned to shelters when their new owners realize the extent of care they require.
"Not only does this hurt all the deserving homeless dogs waiting for a chance at a good home in shelters, but shelters are also reporting that many of these huskies are being abandoned — as often happens when dogs are bought on impulse, without understanding their needs," Dinklage said Tuesday in a statement released by PETA.
The breed is popular at the moment, but requires a large amount of care.
"Please, please, if you're going to bring a dog into your family, make sure that you're prepared for such a tremendous responsibility and remember to always, always, adopt from a shelter," he urged in the statement.
“We have been inundated [with requests],” Heather Schmidt, who works with the animal rescue group Hollywood Huskies told Inside Edition at The Dog Resort in North Hollywood. “I probably get 200-300 requests per month just in the Los Angeles area alone to take in surrendered huskies that people can’t take in anymore.”
She added that people need to know what they are getting themselves into when bringing the breed into their homes.
“They have much, much more energy than a regular dog," she said. "If they don’t get enough exercise they can be very destructive to your home. They are also huge escape artists. They can jump six-foot fences and some can jump 10-foot fences."
The husky fad is reminiscent of how Dalmatians became the rage with the release of 101 Dalmatians was in 1996. The same situation happened for Chihuahuas following Legally Blonde’s popularity in 2001.
After owners no longer wanted to care for their pets, they were discarded. It looks as if the same situation is now happening with huskies.
Schmidt said that hundreds to thousands of huskies are euthanized nationwide each year.
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