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A nationwide hunt is under way for five chihuahuas.
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Crufts winner 'Xena' among five chihuahuas nabbed by dog snatchers
Police in Yorkshire say that the owners of the dogs are “desperate to find them”.

A UK-WIDE search has been launched after five chihuahuas including a Crufts winner were stolen from a house in the English village of Lisset.

Police in Yorkshire say that the owners of the dogs are “desperate to find them” after intruders broke into their house on Thursday afternoon and stole the prize puppies.

Officers believe that the dog snatchers may have used a wicker basket to take the animals away from the house. A Nikon D3200 camera and lenses were also taken during the burglary.

One of the five chihuahuas taken was ‘Xena’ who recently won Best Puppy in Breed at the Crufts 2014 dog show under the show name ‘Valenchino Made of Candy’.

“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,” Humberside Police said in a statement.

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Mal Hilton, who owns the dogs along with his partner Lucy, told ITV News that they had been inundated with calls about the animals.

“People are just ringing left, right and centre and saying ‘we’re here to help’. We want all the help we can, we want these dogs back before they get hurt.” Mal said.

“This dog is famous worldwide, we’ve had calls from people in Japan asking after them.”

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