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Raiders snatch Crufts champ.

A NATIONWIDE hunt is under way for five Chihuahuas, including a Crufts champion, stolen after raiders smashed their way into the dogs' home.

Valenchino Chihuahua Xena, who was named Best Puppy in Breed at Crufts 2014, was snatched with four other dogs from a house in East Yorkshire on Thursday. Owner Mal Hilton said he and his partner Lucy Hilton have been left devastated by the theft of Xena, her grandmother Angel and her mother Io, as well as two others called Pandora and Evie. They fear the thieves will realise the dogs, worth tens of thousands, are impossible to sell and will harm them.

Mr Hilton said: "They are just like our children. We are devastated by this and we just want them back."

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STOLEN: Valenchino Chihuahua Xena, named Best Puppy in Breed at Crufts 2014
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 13, 2014
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