A CONCERNED mum is warning rabbit owners to keep their animals safe after her daughters’ pets disappeared from their hutch.
Lynn Cunningham, of Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract, fears the rabbits were stolen from the locked hutch in the back garden of the family home.
She said: “My girls Katie, 14, and Alice, 12, were absolutely devastated when they found out that their pets had gone.
“They haven’t been able to sleep properly because of the worry and it’s now affecting their school work.
“The rabbits weren’t any kind of special breed but they were the girls’ favourite things in the whole world and they can’t get to grips with the thought that someone would take them.
“I want to make people aware that this is going on. It’s sickening if people are going out of their way steal rabbits.”
Mrs Cunningham used social networking site Facebook to ask friends for help in finding the pets – which disappeared on Wednesday February 22 – and was told of similar incidents in the area.
She added: “I didn’t ring the police straight away but after putting a message on Facebook, and getting hundreds of responses from people who offered kind words, there were a few people who said they had also had their pet rabbits stolen.
“My friend on the street said she had her rabbit taken a couple of weeks ago and another friend said they caught someone in the act while they were trying to get into the cage in their garden.
“I think it’s disgusting, I know times are hard but they are just rabbits and this has caused more upset for my girls than these people realise.”
Sgt Dan Tillet, of Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team, said: “I would like to advise all pet owners to ensure that pets which are kept outdoors are properly secured, particularly at night.”