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Crufts-winning chihuahua stolen in England

Published on Apr 12, 2014 9:15 PM
Valenchino Chihuahua Xena, which was named Best Puppy in Breed at Crufts 2014, is one of five chihuahuas stolen from a house in northern England. -- PHOTO: AFP/HUMBERSIDE POLICE

LONDON (AFP) - Police were searching Saturday for thieves who broke into a house in northern England and stole five chihuahuas, including the "best puppy in breed" champion at this year's Crufts competition.

Valenchino Chihuahua Xena was snatched along with four other dogs on Thursday.

Between them they are thought to be worth tens of thousands of dollars, although owner Mal Hilton said he was more concerned that they would come to harm.

"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," he said.

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