A LITTER of tiny puppies was stolen in a burglary during a power cut.
Fears have now been raised for the safety of the five-week old Patterdale terriers who were taken from a home in Beechen Lane, Lower Kingswood.
The four puppies, three black and one black and tan, were still feeding from their mother. Their devastated owner Tracy Hooper and her six-year-old son are desperate for their return.
Miss Hooper said: "I am totally devastated and just want the puppies back.
"Our dog keeps sitting in the cage looking for her puppies as she's still feeding them, they cannot eat solid food.
"My son asks where the puppies are too."
The terriers were advertised for sale at £200 each.
A laptop containing hundreds of family photos was also stolen when the raiders broke in through the front door between 8 and 8.20pm last Wednesday.
Appealing for information, investigating officer Detective Constable Kevin Booth, said: "Naturally we are concerned for the welfare of the puppies and want to reunite them with their owners.
"Burglars broke into the property during a power cut on Wednesday evening and I am urging residents to think back. Do you recall seeing an unusual vehicle in Lower Kingswood but didn't think anything was suspicious at the time?
"Maybe you have been offered a Patterdale terrier puppy for sale at a cheap price, or perhaps you know someone who has acquired one.
"If you have any information at all regarding the whereabouts of these puppies please come forward. We are doing all we can to reunite Miss Hooper and her son with the puppies but we need your help."
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the puppies is urged to contact the police on 101 quoting reference RB/11/9550.