AN animal lover has been left heartbroken after thieves stole five of her much-loved pet guinea pigs.
It is believed intruders broke the doors on two wooden hutches in the back garden of the home of Julie Carpenter, in Station Road, Thornton, last Tuesday night.
Mrs Carpenter has not broken the news to her children, Emily, 13 and Oliver, 16, who are away at scout camp in Sweden until next week.
The thieves made off with two adult guinea pigs named Fluff and Patch and three babies, Honey, Chocolate and Mary.
The 52-year-old said the incident had ‘knocked her for six’ and said she was dreading telling her children on their return.
She said: “This is so upsetting, I have not been able to concentrate on anything since I discovered they had gone from their hutches.
“I checked them all before I went to bed and they were fine but when I woke up and looked out of the window I saw the doors had been flung on the ground and all the animals had gone.”
A police spokesman confirmed the incident had been reported and officers were investigating.
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