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Award-winning dog headed to prestigious show went missing, California pet detective says

Fierce, an award-winning Japanese Chin, got away in Bakersfield, California, on Jan. 7 as she was being taken to Los Angeles before the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, her owners said.
Fierce, an award-winning Japanese Chin, got away in Bakersfield, California, on Jan. 7 as she was being taken to Los Angeles before the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, her owners said. Courtesy of David Gutierrez

The owners of Fierce — an award-winning Japanese Chin — don’t just want their dog back so she can compete in the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show next month.

“She’s our family member,” owner David Gutierrez said in an email to McClatchy.

Pet detective Annalisa Berns said Fierce has been missing since Jan. 7, when she got off her leash in Bakersfield, California, during a journey from Porterville to Los Angeles, 23ABC reports.

“Fierce might be mistaken for a Chihuahua mix, as her breed is not commonly (known) in the United States,” according to a news release about the dog’s disappearance.

Fierce’s owners have promised a $2,000 reward if they get Fierce back, “no questions asked.”

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Courtsey of David Gutierrez

The last time Fierce was spotted was in Northwest Bakersfield on Olive Tree Court near Highway 99, according to 23ABC.

Gutierrez said Fierce won best of opposite sex at the 2018 Japanese Chin Nationals, which he described as “a huge accolade.”

Gutierrez added that “her next big show was to be the upcoming prestigious Westminster show in February.”

That show takes place in New York City’s Madison Square Garden each year, and is held by “America’s oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.”

Search dogs hunted for Fierce on Sunday with no success. The news release said Fierce’s owners “are hopeful that someone picked up the little dog and doesn’t know who to return her to.”

Anyone who might have details on Fierce is encouraged to call Berns, the pet detective, at 310-880-8268 or Gutierrez at 559-359-2807.

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