A family have been left "absolutely devastated" after their two beloved puppies were stolen from their back garden – and now their kids don't even want to celebrate Christmas.
Eight-month-old sisters Lyla and Fererro were let out in to the back garden of their owners' home on Saturday evening (December 5) and have not been seen since, reports CoventryLive.
The disappearance of the French bulldogs has left Guppy Balu, her husband and four children in pieces – with the trauma made even worse by the fact it's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year.
Guppy says her kids are so sad they want to take the festive decorations down and the youngest – just four years old – has not wanted to get out of the dogs' bed at times.
Guppy said: "We are having some work done at the back of the house and the bottom of the garden leads on to an alleyway.
"The puppies were scratching at the back door to be let out and when my husband went out to let them back in they weren't there.
"They've done that before and been brought back by a neighbour, so we just had the hope they would come back again and we tried to put any thought that they might have been stolen to the back of our mind.
"But now we think they have been stolen with someone coming from the alleyway, moving the wood at the bottom of the garden to get them and then putting the wood back.
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"When my husband looked the garden was all secure so there's no way they (the puppies) could have got out.
"We were out everywhere looking for them."
She added: "We are absolutely devastated. We don't know what to do.
"My children want to take the Christmas decorations down. It has been traumatic – that's the only word I can think of."
A reward of £500 is available for the return of each puppy.
Guppy, who runs a bouncy castle hire company, said: "I don't want to know how they found them, I just want them home.
"I won't ask questions – we just want them back."
Anyone with information should contact Guppy using contact details given here.
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