A HUSBAND and wife were upset to find thieves had stolen their grandson’s pet rabbits – and also dumped garden rubbish on their allotment site.
The cute pet rabbits, named Barney and Tulip, were kept in stacked hutches on Thornhill Gardens Allotment site and were cared for daily by their owners Joanne and Aid Peel.
The couple took ownership of the adorable rabbits for their grandson Tylor Anderson, aged four, about six months ago.
But on Wednesday, when 48-year-old Aid went to feed the rabbits after finishing work, he found that the gate to the allotment had been took off its hinges.
Barney and Tulip had been stolen along with their hutches and food. There was also some garden rubbish dumped in the allotment.
Joanne, of Naisberry Park, Hartlepool, said she has not got the heart to tell little Tylor as he would be devastated.
Joanne, 48, who works in business control, said: “We’re really upset over it. The fact that whoever did this has taken the hutches as well and food hopefully means they are going to be cared for. I daren’t tell my grandson Tylor because he will be devastated.”
She added: “As for the flytipping, it’s just sickening. We spend a lot of time and effort down there.”
Joanne has contacted Cleveland Police, whose officers are to investigate the incident, and also Hartlepool Borough Council,which has pledged to send out workers to clear away the fly-tipped mess. Anyone with any information should contact police on 101.