Family ‘upset’ by rabbit theft

A FAMILY has been left devastated after their pet rabbit was stolen.

Treacle the nine-month-old dwarf rabbit was taken from her hutch in the back garden of her owners’ home in Heathfield Drive, Hartlepool.

The pet belonged to Avril Hyde’s daughters, Zoe, 17, and Samantha, 15, who she says have been left upset by the theft.

She said her grandchildren, two-year-old Izak Hyde and 14-month-old Evie Hyde are also missing the rabbit.

The family discovered Treacle was missing on Wednesday morning when they opened their curtains.

After a search of the garden, they contacted the police, who are appealing for information on Treacle’s whereabouts.

Avril, a school lunch-time supervisor who also has a son, said: “We are upset that somebody has taken it.

“Zoe and Samantha were just crying when they found out it had gone.

“We hope whoever has the rabbit is looking after it.”

She added that the family had asked neighbours if they had seen Treacle, which is brown and black, and lop-eared, as well as putting posters in local shop windows.

Anyone with information about the theft, which is thought to have happened between 7pm on Tuesday and 6.45am on Wednesday, are asked to contact PC John Tyson, of Hartlepool Police, on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.