Two Missing Akita Show Dogs Worth $350,000 Found In Compton; Corgis Still At Large
puppydogwebAre you my mother?
Update: The remaining Corgis show up in Compton! Stay tuned for how, and by whom, they were found.
Trace and Didi, two fluffy show dogs who were stolen Tuesday -- one worth $250,000 and the other $100,000 -- jumped into the arms of owner Kristina Rickard yesterday, with only two days remaining before a Best in Show blowout at the Long Beach Convention Center. [LA Daily News]
Tuesday at 6 a.m., Rickard and her boyfriend discovered their 2006 Chevrolet Express van, along with the two Akitas and two Pembroke Welsh Corgis (Bunny and Peter), had been stolen from outside their Motel 6 in Bellflower.
Where, exactly did the van turn up, two Akitas still in tow? But of course: Compton! We so called that one.
Investigators said yesterday that they suspected the thief was after the van, not the dogs. But surely, after getting wind he was in possession of precious cargo -- worth an estimated half-million total -- he grabbed all the dog-matter he could carry and ran.
Crap! Which ones are the Akikis? Apparently not so well-versed in the breeding of small show dogs, our criminal chose the Corgis, quoted at a lesser sum of $150,000. Dammit.
Not that it matters anyway: Rickard would like to make it very clear that Bunny and Peter are worth nothing without their American Kennel Club paperwork. (The Corgis are technically not hers; she just shows them stateside for her "Japanese clients." They're also implanted with "identifying microchips." WTF. We could swear there's a heist in here somewhere.)
Some more disclaimers, just in case you were judging the owners for leaving their $500,000 show dogs in a sketchy white van in Bellflower overnight:
They had brought three other dogs with them inside the motel room, but left the Akitas in the van, with the Corgis, where it would be cooler for the thick-furred dogs. The windows were cracked so the dogs could get fresh air.
Will they be returned before the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships? We'll keep you posted! Until then, listen for a sharp, highly irritating small-dog yip and be very suspicious of even the friendliest-looking old lady taking her hairy little hot dog out for a stroll.
Sheriffs' Detective Ron Vande Vegte can be reached at (562) 925-0124. Our powers combined, OK guys?
(As far as we know, no one got a reward for the first two dogs. Which leaves more for the second two, right? We're still waiting for Vande Vegte to call back with the scoop. Sigh.)
Get the Weekly Newsletter
Our weekly feature stories, movie reviews, calendar picks and more - minus the newsprint and sent directly to your inbox.