Show dogs stolen at AKC Championship

Posted By elaine on November 30, 2010

UPDATE!!!! 

Good news! All four dogs were found safe and sound in the Los Angeles area. 

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are looking for four valuable show dogs in a white cargo van stolen from a Motel 6 parking lot in Bellflower California.

The dogs were in town for the big AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog show.

The van was stolen between 11 p.m. Monday and 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. The two Akitas and two Corgis were in carriers.

Richard being consoled after theft of dogs (AP Photo)

Dog owner Kristina Rickard and her boyfriend pleaded for the return of the dogs.

“I don’t think they were after the dogs. I think they just saw a cargo van and thought there’s high-priced stuff in there,” said David Peek, whose girlfriend is a professional dog handler. “We had them in the van because they have heavy coats. It’s more comfortable for them to sleep outside where it’s cooler. It’s better for their coats too,” Peek explained.

Peek and Kristina Rickard arrived at the motel at around 11 p.m. Monday.

They left the four dogs with the heavy coats in the van, and took three dogs with shorter coats — a Boxer, a Brittany and a Parson Russell Terrier — inside the motel room.

When they awoke at 6 a.m. the first thing they did was to go outside to check on the dogs. Instead they found an empty parking space.

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