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Hollywood fame has downside for some animals

"Fraiser" star Eddie

From The Times' entertainment staff comes an appropriately entertaining photo gallery on 10 critters that hate the movies. It turns out that, for animals at least, fame on the big or small screen isn't all it's cracked up to be.

After "Finding Nemo" came out, for example, demand for clownfish spiked, depleting their ranks in the wild. Demand also rose for a certain breed of spotted dogs after "101 Dalmatians." According to a dalmatian rescue group, this was followed by an influx of dalmatians at shelters when families grew tired of the dogs.

And speaking of energetic canines, consider the Jack Russell terrier.  The charismatic Moose, above, who played Eddie on "Frasier" for almost 11 years, spawned a buying frenzy of the little dogs, even though breeders tried to warn apartment-dwellers that Jack Russells need lots of room to thrive.

-- Steve Padilla

Photo: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times

 
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I saw the preview for "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" last night and immediately thought, "Oh boy...a ton of chihuahuas are going to end up in the pound." Hopefully, if the movie inspires people to get the feisty little canines, they will consider one of the Chihuahua rescue groups.


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