11:55 AM PST, December 2, 2010
BELLFLOWER, Calif. (KTLA) -- Four prized show dogs worth an estimated $500,000 have been recovered after they were stolen along with a van from a parking lot at a Bellflower hotel.
A young child spotted two missing Pembroke Welsh Corgis, "Bunny" and "Peter," roaming around a Victorville neighborhood late Wednesday night, according to the dogs' handlers.
Two Akitas, named "Trace and Didi" were found earlier Wednesday along with the stolen van in Compton.
The dogs were in town to participate in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog show in Long Beach.
At least one of the recovered dogs competed in the show and won.
All four dogs are worth an estimated $500,000 and have microchips.
Kristina Rickhard said someone stole the white Chevy cargo van from the parking lot at a Motel 6 in the 17200 block of Downey Ave.
The theft was reported around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Rickhard said the four show dogs were in crates inside the vehicle -- a male Akita worth $250,000, another Akita worth $100,000 and two Corgis worth $100,000 each.
Rickard said the dogs were left in the van because it was cooler outside and more comfortable for them.
The most expensive dog, Trace, is the world's number two Akita, Rickhard added.