THOMASTON, Maine — Three Chihuahuas that otherwise would have been euthanized were adopted Thursday at the Humane Society of Knox County.

The Chihuahuas, 16 in total, were flown in from a California shelter that is inundated with the small dogs. This is the fourth time the Thomaston shelter has taken in Chihuahuas, which typically get adopted out quickly.

“They go fast. People like Chihuahuas. They just love small dogs and they are hard to find around here,” said the shelter’s director, Tracy Sala. “I constantly have huskies and lab mixes, but few small dogs.”

The Chihuahuas cost $325, which pays for the dog itself and for another dog to be sent to Maine this fall.