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UPDATE: Reward offered after dogs go missing during residential burglary in Lucerne Valley

UPDATE 1/5/2020 — The owner’s of the missing/stolen dogs have decided to offer a reward for any information that leads to locating their pets.

LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. ( — The community is asked to be on the lookout for a couple of loved dogs that went missing after a residential burglary in Lucerne Valley.

On Saturday, December 21, 2019, Alex Chavarin, owner of 5 Star Dog Academy, a well-known local dog trainer, left his home in the area of Ashland and Willow Wells Roads to conduct an off-site training class. 

The Bootcamp students (dogs) at his home were secured in kennels, as they always are when he leaves.

When Alex returned home later that evening, he noticed the entry gate to the property was slightly open. Alex went into the home and saw the security door and front door were open. He went inside and saw things had been tossed around. As he walked the house, he noticed windows were also broken. 

Alex went outside and saw two of the dogs, that had been secured in kennels in the barn, out loose. Their crates had been moved. He went back inside where his own dog, Ponyboy Casanova, a brown Cane Corso, and Bootcamp student, Gracie, a grey pitbull mix, had been in their crates. Both dogs were missing. He drove around for several hours searching for both dogs and did not locate them.

It is unknown if the dogs were stolen or if they fled from fear. 

In addition to the dogs being missing, many of Alex’s belongings were taken. Among those missing items are a laptop, leather dog leashes, a bite suit, a Playstation, and other dog training equipment.

If you have any information on the missing items or the dogs, please call the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department at 760-552-6800. Or drop them off at a local animal shelter. Ponyboy and Gracie are both microchipped and animal control has been given the information on the missing dogs.

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