Tue. Feb 25th, 2020

Animal shelters in two California counties said they’re seeing an increase in huskies recently and they believe it’s because of the “Game of Thrones.””A lot of huskies and husky mixes have been coming in,” Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter General Manager Melanie Sobel said.She said they have six husky or husky-mixed dogs and that’s the most they’ve ever seen at one time.There has been an increase in huskies seen in shelters around the state and country. Many are speculating it’s because huskies look like dire wolves from the popular show “Game of Thrones.” The show has noticed the uptick and is speaking out against the impulsive purchases of the dogs.In April, Jerome Flynn, who plays Bronn in the series, did a video with PETA, where he said in part, “Animal shelters around are reporting a surge in the number of abandoned huskies because the casual acquirer, who bought the dogs on a whim, fail to take into consideration the time, patience and money required to care for the animal.”Sobel said the type of huskies they are seeing are 1 to 2 years old. She said people most likely buy them as puppies and can’t keep up with their lifestyle demands as they get older.”They need a lot of exercise, they need a lot of stimulation,” Sobel said. “They like to roam, so being sequestered to a backyard is not a good life for them.”Sobel said it’s vital to put the time in to make sure you know what kind of dog you’re getting before you add them to your family.”We always tell people no matter what kind of dog you get you should make sure you research the breed,” Sobel said. “Make sure it’s a good match for your lifestyle and what you want from a dog.”During the month of June, The Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter is offering free spay, neuter and microchips for your husky or husky mixed dogs.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. —

Animal shelters in two California counties said they’re seeing an increase in huskies recently and they believe it’s because of the “Game of Thrones.”

“A lot of huskies and husky mixes have been coming in,” Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter General Manager Melanie Sobel said.

She said they have six husky or husky-mixed dogs and that’s the most they’ve ever seen at one time.

There has been an increase in huskies seen in shelters around the state and country. Many are speculating it’s because huskies look like dire wolves from the popular show “Game of Thrones.” The show has noticed the uptick and is speaking out against the impulsive purchases of the dogs.

In April, Jerome Flynn, who plays Bronn in the series, did a video with PETA, where he said in part, “Animal shelters around are reporting a surge in the number of abandoned huskies because the casual acquirer, who bought the dogs on a whim, fail to take into consideration the time, patience and money required to care for the animal.”

Sobel said the type of huskies they are seeing are 1 to 2 years old. She said people most likely buy them as puppies and can’t keep up with their lifestyle demands as they get older.

“They need a lot of exercise, they need a lot of stimulation,” Sobel said. “They like to roam, so being sequestered to a backyard is not a good life for them.”

Sobel said it’s vital to put the time in to make sure you know what kind of dog you’re getting before you add them to your family.

“We always tell people no matter what kind of dog you get you should make sure you research the breed,” Sobel said. “Make sure it’s a good match for your lifestyle and what you



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