LOS ANGELES (CBS) — All four top show dogs stolen from a van parked outside a Bellflower Motel 6 have now been returned to their owners.

Kristina Rickard and David Peek got back their two Akitas, Didi and Trace, on Wednesday after being notified that their 2006 Chevrolet Express van was found in Compton with the two dogs inside.

Two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Bunny and Peter, were returned later last evening.

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.

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Comments (11)
  1. Michael Jackson says:


  2. bcb says:

    Fantastic! What a happy ending.

  3. Susan J. Howard says:

    Glad to hear all the dogs were found. More news please on where the Corgi’s were found. They got their van back too, right. 🙂

  4. Kim V says:

    Thats so Awsome they have been found safe. What a happy ending

  5. Greg says:

    Why don’t they mention how the 2nd pair of dogs were found?

    1. Darshan says:

      dog food . Just because the label says dog food’ is not ioicdatinn that there is anything good in some of those packages. My Dancer ate a road kill squirrel that had been lying in the road basking in the sun for days, it was pretty ripe with all kinds of bacteria, I’m sure, and of course had started decaying and smelled awful. Dancer’s regular diet was raw food, the squirrel meal did not phase her except for one loose stool. If it was poison to her, she would have died or become ill after having ingested so much. The only concern I would have with feeding raw food is with a dog who is very ill, I’d start them with fresh cooked foods to begin the change of diet. If their system is compromised by poor quality foods and illness, they need a little more help changing to a raw food diet than a dog who is in a more normal health. In my whole life, I have never had one person tell me after changing to raw food that it was anything short of miraculous for the dog that’s a long time for something untoward to have occurred. Will it ever happen? I can’t say, I don’t know the future.We do worm our dogs regularly because I think it’s a good thing to do. Heartguard and Interceptor type heartworm meds take care of all that should a problem ever arise, so far it never has. There are some natural remedies but I haven’t had a lot of luck with those. We live in an area, like you do, where mosquitoes are naturally in the outdoors and they carry heartworm, preventative for heartworm is smart and the bonus is, it kills other worms and parasites should they be introduced into the system in any way, like eating road kill squirrel. Our dogs don’t get pork simply because I don’t eat it regularly.Yes, fresh foods start to lose nutrients when you start processing them, like in cooking or being stored for long periods of time. In my experience, dogs who eat a raw diet are rarely over taken by things like salmonella because they have such a cast iron constitution, they are healthy and can ward off lots of things, they have very short digestive systems so nasty stuff doesn’t have time to get a really good foothold before it’s processed through. I was told by a vet who does necropsy that salmonella is found naturally occurring in all dogs stomachs, not that a compromised dog couldn’t be affected but that all dogs already have it there, even healthy dogs who’ve died of old age or in an accident. Salmonella was present in the stomach but it wasn’t what killed the dog. If that’s true and I have no reason to believe it’s not, that means that salmonella in a normal population in the dog does not kill dogs. Unless a dog is very sick or otherwise health compromised, getting to a fully raw diet might take a little longer. Know where your food comes from and handle it just as you would for yourself, that means keep meat cold until it’s time to eat.So to answer your question, dogs naturally deal with stuff like this all the time, a healthy dog doesn’t get sick from it other than maybe some diarrhea or vomiting if they get into something really nasty like a melting road kill squirrel. Dogs eject stuff from their bodies in those two ways, it’s supposed to work like that, it means their bodies are rejecting what shouldn’t be in their system.I’m not a scientist or a doctor or even a certified nutritionist. But I know what has always been good for my dogs. I’m a practical girl who has lived in the country and off the land for most of my life and seeing dogs do what they do and eat what they naturally eat. In my opinion, they know what’s right for them. I’ll continue to feed my dogs the way Nature intended for them to eat and keep telling others about the real good that comes of feeding animals what they are made to eat. Thanks. Darcie

  6. D Elisabeth Aymett says:

    Good to know that the dogs were returned unharmed and no worse for the experience. The van is, I’m sure, insured and contents can be replaced. But the bloodlines and the beautiful dogs cannot be replaced. This is wonderful!

  7. Sylvia Gay says:

    I’m so happy that this story has a happy ending. This is the reason I never leave my dogs in the car/van at motels. If the motel won’t allow dogs then I look for another place to stay. This is one of my worst nightmares.

  8. Romie Brown says:

    I agree with Sylvia. I would never leave my dogs in my van. Just asking for trouble!

  9. Holly Van de Water says:

    This is everyones fear. It only takes a blink of the eye getting gas or using the bathroom. These crazy people are good at what they do. I want to thank everyone involved who helped get these FUR BCIES home unharmed. Good job.

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