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By Jessica Langdon For Times Record News

UPDATE: WICHITA FALLS — Wichita Falls Police reported at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday that seven stolen show dogs have been found alive, apparently in a vehicle. A brief notice from police said the dogs have been given water and the owners are on their way to get them.

Richard and Sue Hooper stopped in Wichita Falls on their way to a national specialty dog show in Arizona, and as they got ready to leave, someone drove off with their vehicle and all seven dogs.

Richard Hooper looked down Tuesday afternoon from the second floor of La Quinta Inn at 1128 Central Freeway and pointed to the spot where the white Toyota van had been parked that morning.

The Humble couple was driving to Flagstaff, Ariz., for a Swedish Vallhund National Specialty event, which is to take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

They were taking three Swedish Vallhunds that belong to a friend who lives in Georgia; she planned to fly out later to attend the show. The couple and their friend are co-owners of another Swedish Vallhund that was in the vehicle, and they were also taking another that belongs to a friend in Round Rock. In addition to those five dogs, the Hoopers had their daughter’s two beagles.

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