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Stolen Van Full of Show Dogs Recovered by Police in Redding

The van of a Seattle dog trainer who was traveling with a number of show dogs was stolen on Wednesday when the trainer stopped for lunch.

Posted: Jun. 7, 2018 11:56 AM
Updated: Jun. 7, 2018 1:18 PM

UPDATE: The van that had been filled with the missing show dogs has been located, say Redding Police, and all 14 of the missing dogs were located inside the van.

The van was located at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday morning in a wooded area near Valley Drive in Redding.

The dogs are being moved to Haven Humane, where they will be checked, but they appear to be in good health, said authorities.

Some of the dog owners have been reunited with their dogs. Later the dogs will be released either to their owners or to the dog trainer, Tony Carter.

Anyone with information that can assist Redding Police with this investigation are asked to call them and provide details.

(Updated as of 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 7)



REDDING, Calif. — A Seattle dog trainer on his way to a Vallejo show stopped for lunch in Redding. When he went into the In and Out Burger on Dana Drive, the top-dogs and his van were stolen.

We have a photograph of the missing van, and pictures of some of the missing dogs. They all belonged to clients of trainer Tony Carter, who left his van running as he stepped into the In and out Burger Wednesday afternoon at 1:19 p.m. He said it was less than three minutes later that the culprit was caught on surveillance video driving off in the van.

Redding Police quickly sent out an investigative team to search for the missing van and the missing dogs.

The stolen van was a 2018 Dodge ProMaster Cargo Van with Washington license plate number BKD2048.

Some of the dog breeds that were taken include rat terriers, golden labs, and rottweilers.

Please contact Redding Police at (530) 225-4200 if you have any information regarding the whereabouts of the van or the dogs.

(Reporting by KHSL Action News Now in Chico)

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