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Crufts Champion Among Five Stolen Chihuahuas
A couple say they have been left devastated after their five chihuahuas, including a Crufts champion, were stolen from their home.
Intruders used an iron bar to smash their way into the property in Lisset, East Yorkshire, and took Valenchino Chihuahua Xena, who was named Best Puppy in Breed at Crufts 2014, along with four other dogs.
Officers believe the raiders may have used a wicker basket to remove the dogs.
Owner Mal Hilton and his partner Lucy Hilton are desperate for the safe return of Xena, her grandmother Angel and her mother Io, as well as two others called Pandora and Evie.
They are concerned the thieves will realise the dogs, worth tens of thousands of pounds, are impossible to sell and will harm them instead.
Mr Hilton said: "I'm 65-years-old and I haven't cried for years until now.
"They are just like our children. We are devastated by this and we just want them back.
"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.
The dogs were taken between 9.30am and 4.50pm on Thursday.
A police spokesman said: "The owner of the chihuahuas is desperate to find them.
"These dogs need to be reunited with their owner and police are appealing for anyone who knows anything to contact them immediately so that we can have a happy ending to this story."