Heartless thief steals four-year-old's puppy
A LABRADOR puppy has been stolen from a Croydon Hills home, leaving its four-year-old owner distraught.
Sasha, the eight-week-old pup, was taken by a heartless thief who broke into the family's Croydon Hills Drive home between 9.30am and 11.30am on Monday.
Despite an extensive search of the area, Sasha wasn't located and police are appealing for help to find the puppy who is desperately missed by a young girl and her family.
A number of items including a laptop, iPad and jewellery were also stolen during the burglary.
Maroondah Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating.
The girl's father Ryan Hood said they only brought Sasha home a week ago.
"My daughter is devastated, unsurprisingly," Mr Hood told 3AW Breakfast.
"She was best friends with the dog.
"She'd go to bed with it every night and we'd have to take her back to her bed.
"How do you explain something like this a four-year-old?"
Though there is the possibility Sasha escaped the house after the burglar left, police and the family suspect the puppy was taken.
She has been microchipped but has not yet received all her immunisations.
"She's not able to be socialised with other dogs so that's why we are worried at this stage," Mr Hood said.
"She was just a puppy so could be resold. I hope that she isn't."
Any witnesses or anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.