Couple reunited with beloved poodle ‘Skippy’ after car stolen from Shockoe Bottom


RICHMOND (WRIC) — The beloved poodle “Skippy” has been safely located at Chesterfield Animal Control on Monday. 

Earlier, Richmond Police asked for the public’s help finding a dog that was inside an elderly couple’s vehicle when it was stolen in Shockoe Bottom. 

Ann and Richard VonHoorn left their poodle Skippy inside their running vehicle while they ate at the McDonald’s restaurant at 18th and Broad Streets in Shockoe Bottom. That’s when police say their 2017 Ford Escape was stolen, with Skippy still inside. 

It all happened just after 9 a.m. on Sunday. The VonHoorns were traveling to their North Carolina home from Connecticut. 

Skippy was inside a crate at the time. 

After being reunited with their poodle, the VonHoorns shared their joy with 8News. 

“Well, here he is,” said A. VonHoorn. “The lost has been found We are so glad to have him back.”

Ann VonHoorn told 8News that this last day has been whirlwind. 

“He wasn’t as excited as we are. He doesn’t know what we’ve been through the past 24 hours,” A. VonHoorn said. 

The VonHoorns’ Escape was discovered Monday on Interstate 95 South at Bells Road, according to Richmond Police. 

The woman who found the VonHoorn’s SUV is being thanked by the family as well. Angela White spotted the vehicle on the side of the interstate. 

The beloved poodle "Skippy" has been safely located at Chesterfield Animal Control on Monday. 

“I just wish it had never happened,” White told 8News. “They seem like a really good family.” 

Skippy was found on Sunday in his crate in a bush at a different McDonald’s off of Willis Road. 

“We’re not gonna eat a McDonald’s for a while,” said R. VonHoorn. The VonHoorns’ phones, computer and clothes were taken from the car, but they say they’re just happy to have Skippy back. 

“Our family is whole,” A. VonHoorn said. 

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