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Case ID: 19614
Classification: Theft
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

County: Santa Cruz

Disposition: Open
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Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

A Great Dane valued at $27,000 was reported stolen from a recreational vehicle outside Scotts Valley on Tuesday.

Knight, a 175-pound, 18-month-old male dog headed for the show ring is believed to have been taken from the 2400 block of El Rancho Drive, said Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy April Skalland. The dog had been bred for shows, but it had not yet been shown, said his owner, Naud Robinson.

Robinson, 60, said he had barely slept since the dog disappeared.

"We were tied at the hip. We did everything together," said Robinson.

He had been living in the motor home with Knight and Lily, a female Great Dane. Robinson said he is from Monterey but had been living on the property temporarily for a construction job.

Robinson said he was at the grocery store when he believed the dog was stolen.

"It was just so hot (Tuesday) that I thought he'd be fine for an hour. I never thought for a second he'd be taken," Robinson said.

Knight was in the RV behind a gate and a roll-up door that was unlocked in case of emergency. Robinson said someone likely entered through the roll-up door.

It was not possible for the dog to escape, he said.

Robinson's other dog, Lily, was not taken from the RV nor were other electronics and valuables.

Robinson bought Knight from a breeder in Australia for $27,000. The dog is not insured. He'd planned to show the dog and use it in his breeding program.

Knight is black and white and about 3 feet tall. He is microchipped for identification but was not wearing a collar.

The dog's full name is Riverwood's Venustus Knight. He is registered with the American Kennel Club.

A police report has been filed with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office. Anyone who has information or who may have spotted this dog is asked to call (831) 471-1121 or the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at (831) 454-2847.

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