A disturbing trend is to blame for some abandoned Hollywood Huskies.
The pets have become popular through shows such as Game of Thrones, and owners have found themselves unable to to take proper care of them after adoption.
"Banjo, who just came to us, was adopted yesterday from a family that came to meet him," said Kelcy Travis, President of the Drumheller and District Humane Society. "He was pushed from a moving van in a really bad area of Los Angeles and he had some road rash on the side of his leg. So many of them get surrended to the shelters, but so many of them are literally pushed out of vehicles and dumped onto streets."
The number of huskies at the Drumheller and District Humane Society has increased over the past while due to similar situations.
Six huskies have arrived at the Humane Society this summer and Travis estimates that another three are on their way.
"It's not okay to teach your children that animals are disposable like that because you don't understand how that is shaping them to be as a person," explained Travis. "It's extremely disheartening and I just can't believe how many there is. There is so many dogs being dumped of every kind of breed."
The popularity of these pets stems from their resemblance to the 'dire wolves' that are featured in Game of Thrones.
"I've seen things from the huskies that I haven't seen from any other breed. They are brilliant in different ways and I've seen some of them who are just amazing pets," she noted. "It does depend on the dog, you can defintitely get a huskie suitable for your home but you have to make sure it is the right one. You have to know is he good with other dogs, is he good with cats or kids, do I have a fenced yard, and how often to walk him."
Travis added that huskies are generally a larger responsibility to take on as they have more specific needs compared with other breeds.