A four-year-old Doncaster girl has been left heartbroken after thieves stole her pet rabbit in the middle of the night.
Elsa Fowles was left upset and fearful after the nocturnal raiders – who were captured on CCTV – took the large hutch containing pet bunny Max from her family home in Thorne.
Footage of the thieves carting him away has been handed to police.
Sandra Fowles, Elsa’s mum, a bookkeeper for her husband’s electrical contracting firm, is desperately hoping Max, an English white rabbit, will be reunited with the family.
Elsa and her siblings Jodie, aged 16, 14-year-old Callum, Cameron, six, and two-year-old Heidi, have had Max for three years since he was just seven weeks old. Sandra said: “We have told Elsa quite bluntly that robbers have been and taken Max and she understands there are bad people. Whenever she goes outside she mentions him and when I make the dinner we have no-one to give the vegetable peelings to. Elsa has also asked to go to bed with her light on, which she never did before.”
The theft was captured on security cameras put up by her husband, Ashley, at their home in Marsh Lane.
The footage shows a car driving past at 1am, before two young men appear wearing dark jackets and trainers.
After removing recycling bins from Max’s hutch, they pick it up and carry it away.
Sandra said: “It’s a big double hutch and needs two men to carry it, so this was no chance theft.”
Max was kept outside the front door because the couple keep their dogs, a rottweiler and great Dane, in the back garden.
Sandra said: “I was hysterical after realising Max had been stolen. The thieves had stacked the recycling bins neatly and had left our guinea pigs and their hutch, so they were plainly targeting Max.”
There was a second tragedy for the family after Sandra put the guinea pigs in a playhouse in the back garden and they were killed by the dogs.
She said: “Because of these horrible men my children have lost all their pets.
“Someone must know where Max is. I think our best chance is if someone spots a new rabbit has turned up next door and lets the police know.”
The theft happened on Friday, August 16, at 1am.
* Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting reference number A/76144/2013.