Puppy thieves who twice raided a family home must have believed they were stealing valuable pedigree animals, their owner has said.
The adorable fluffy husky-cross pups were just a few weeks old when they were snatched from the back garden of a house in Bodmin.
Owner Sharon Trewin said one puppy was taken earlier this month, then a second and a third of the litter of six died pining for her lost companion shortly afterwards.
Mrs Trewin believes the person who took the puppies probably thought they were stealing pedigree husky pups which can sell for up to £600 each, but the thief had been mistaken and the animals were of little real value.
"They are not proper huskies," she said.
"The father is a full husky, but the mother is a border collie – German shepherd cross, so whoever stole them will not make much money if the intention was to sell any of them.
"We had six puppies, but only have three now.
"The first one was taken from the backyard when it was six weeks old, the other was stolen a week later.
"After the first one was stolen, another pup pined for her for two days and then died because they were so very close and they did everything together.
"My seven-year-old is particularly distraught about the missing puppies because she is the one who is training them.
"They like a bit of freedom, which is why we kept them in the backyard, but now we are keeping the three of them in cages in the house.
"It's not fair on them, but it is the only way we feel we can keep them safe," said Mrs Trewin.
"Whoever stole then is pretty pathetic.
"They were too young to be taken from their mother and I would appeal to anyone who has been offered one of the puppies or knows where they are being kept to contact the police."
Mrs Trewin said the thief had to scale a six foot fence at the rear of the house in Halgavor View to take the defenceless creatures. The first theft was around 6pm on February 12 and police in Bodmin are now investigating the crime.