2 Stolen Show Dogs Found In Compton

2 others still missing

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Two of four top show dogs stolen from a van parked outside a Bellflower Motel 6 were returned to their owners Wednesday.


Kristina Rickard and David Peek got back two Akitas, one said to be worth about $250,000, after being notified that their 2006 Chevrolet Express van was found in Compton with the two dogs inside.

Two Pembroke Welsh Corgis named Bunny and Peter are still missing. They are implanted with identifying microchips, and Rickard said the dogs are worthless without their paperwork showing their America Kennel Club pedigree.

Anyone with a lead on the Corgis was urged to call sheriffs’ Detective Ron Vande Vegte at the Lakewood Station, (562) 925-0124. Peek can be reached at (530) 917-6846.

The couple, who are from Redding, were in town for a show in Long Beach, where they planned to show the Akitas and their Japanese clients’ Corgis.

Rickard and Peek, who have offered an unspecified reward for information leading to the missing dogs, went to the county-run animal shelter in Downey to pickup the Akitas, a Japanese breed similar to a husky. Peek owns Didi, and Rickard is part-owner of Trace, a grand champion.

The theft was reported about 6 a.m. Tuesday when the couple realized the van was gone. 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.

All together, the dogs were estimated to be worth about $500,000.

The theft occurred at 17220 Downey Ave.

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Comments

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  1. M says:

    I pray they find the other two! This is why you never leave you animals in the car, even for a second…..just like children in a car, take them with you or leave them at home!!

  2. MMcK says:

    Compton, My My what a surprise.

    1. Saber 1 says:

      What s shock. Lucky they found two of them, the other missing dogs are for sale on the taco cart. After you eat one, you lift your leg on tires.

  3. Kristine Harrison says:

    THE ANIMALS ARE NOT EVEN SAFE IN THE HOTEL ROOM. 2 YEARS AGO AT THE WAUKESHA WISCONSIN DOG SHOW CLUSTER, SEVERAL DOGS WERE TAKEN RIGHT OUT OF THE ROOM, I DO NOT KNOW THE WHOLE STORY, BUT YOU CAN NOT BE SAFE ENOUGH. WITH ALL OF PETA ACTIVITIES, THIS JUST GIVES THEM MORE FUEL FOR THEIR CAUSE. BE CAREFUL!

  4. RomDom says:

    You value your animals?
    What fools to leave animals unattended in a vehicle
    Then claim they’re worth $500,000
    I hope the dogs are happy at the new owners

  5. Kellie says:

    Why would anyone steal an innocent dog from its Parents?

  6. Maya says:

    The dogs have heavy coats and they kept them outside so they would be comfortable. Try keeping a Siberian husky in Hawaii. They were not being irresponsible they were keeping them comfortable before the contest tomorrow. That does not give anyone the right to steal someones care or animal.

  7. alexis says:

    oh my gosh my name is alexis i have two welsh corgis kalvin and macy when i seen this i cried and hugged my dogs and prayed for yours i would be devastated if i can help please let me know i have a mycorgi profile look me up at http://www.mycorgi.com/profile/AlexisTrujillo i pray for there safety or find me on yahoo.com

  8. shelby says:

    On our local news tonight there was a house fire. The report: ALL pets died in the fire. No place is safe. I constantly worry about mine.

    It does seem a bit odd the Akita’s were located but not the Corgi’s. One can only pray the corgi’s will be found also. .

  9. Siv-hilde Oware says:

    i am so happy for the safe return of the Akitas and i hope and pray that the other two missing dogs will be return to their owners very soon.

  10. Deeanna says:

    Happily all four have now been found safe and sound🙂

    Trackback: http://www.pups-seeking-homes.com/blog/home/entry/all_4_stolen_show_dogs

    Deeanna

  11. TheMrs says:

    Uh, you left half-a-million dollars worth of dogs in an unattended car in Compton….what exactly did you expect? I feel sorry for the dogs for having such foolish owners.

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