UK police in hunt for stolen Crufts champion chihuahua

Saturday 12 April 2014 21.02
The dogs' owner fears they may come to harm
The dogs' owner fears they may come to harm

A champion of the Crufts dog show is one of five chihuahuas stolen from their owner's home in England.

The dogs, which are worth tens of thousands of pounds, were taken by thieves who broke into the house in East Yorkshire.

Valenchino Chihuahua Xena, who was named Best Puppy in Breed at Crufts 2014, was snatched with four other dogs from a house on Thursday.

Owner Mal Hilton said it would be impossible for anyone to sell the dogs without being found out and he feared they would be harmed.

Mr Hilton described how the thieves broke into the house in the village of Lissett, near Driffield, by smashing a window with an iron bar.

"I just want someone to hand them in - to the RSPCA, to a vet, to anywhere safe. It doesn't matter. Just leave them somewhere so we can get them back.

"I'm just so worried they will come to harm."

Fourteen-month old fawn long-coat Xena - whose show name is Valenchino Made of Candy - has won at many shows but her crowning glory was being named Best Puppy in Breed at Crufts last month.

She has also qualified for Crufts 2015.