A family is pleading for their beloved sausage dog puppies to be returned to them after they were stolen by heartless thieves.
Eight sausage dogs were stolen from a home in Derbyshire overnight between Wednesday and Thursday morning.
The family has been left "completely devastated" since the Dachshunds were taken.
Owners Cath and Chris Lee have five male and three female dogs which are miniature wire-haired dachshunds.
Their daughter Charlotte says the dogs, who are named Rummy, Ricky, Jess, Muffin, Cookie, Percy, Nora and Doris, are aged between one and six, reports Derbyshire Live.
Charlotte says her parents run the Seale Pastures kennels and cattery, but the dogs which have been taken are their "dearly loved" family pets.
She said: "Last night, our beautiful dachshunds were stolen. The dogs were taken from our home, they broke down our garden fences, smashed our windows.
"I feel sick to my stomach. A couple of them were very nervous dogs and would be terrified right now.
"They are all family pets, they are loved dearly and we’re completely devastated."
Alongside an appeal which has been launched by the police, Charlotte has posted details of the incident on her Facebook page in the hope of finding the dogs. Her appeal has so far received more than 20,000 shares.
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It comes as dog owners are being warned to stay alert after two women were targeted by criminals hoping to steal puppies – which are worth more than drugs.
Organised crime gangs have been targeting lone women out walking their puppies in the hopes of snatching their pooches which can be worth up to £3,500.
Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of the dogs is asked to contact Derbyshire police by calling 101, quoting reference number 20*084142 in any correspondence.
You can also contact the police via their social media channels or by calling Crimestoppers, which is an anonymous service, on 0800 555111.
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