A FAMILY have been left devastated after their rare pet rabbit was stolen.
Police are investigating after a white lionhead rabbit was taken from a hutch in a back garden.
The rabbit’s owner said she was heartbroken and dreading telling her three-year-old son that his beloved pet had been snatched.
The animal, named Ice, was taken from a house in Edward Avenue, in Horden.
The householder believes the incident happened between 10pm and 11pm on Tuesday night after hearing two people running past her bungalow window,
The resident, a 31-year-old mum-of-one, said: “Whoever did it must have climbed the fence to get in, as I would have heard them come through the front gate.
“I feel so sad for my son, who’s away with his dad, he will be heartbroken.
“I hope no one has stolen it to be cruel to it.”
Sergeant Steve Hawkes, of Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “A lionhead rabbit has been stolen from a hutch at a house in Edward Avenue, in Horden.
“We are investigating the incident and appeal to anybody with information to come forward.
“It is a family pet and I’m sure the theft has had quite an impact on the owner.
“She is desperate to find the rabbit.”
The rabbit is two years old and has a tufty mane and red eyes.
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Peterlee Police on 0345 6060365 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.