Animals living in a pets corner at Belle Vue Park in Sudbury have been removed after three guinea pigs were stolen.
Odies Warren, a charity which donates rabbits and guinea pigs to the park, has removed all of the animals after the suspected theft sparked concerns for the animals’ safety.
Emily and Christian Hauth run the Sudbury-based charity, which rehabilitates and rehomes rabbits and guinea pigs.
A female guinea pig, Lila, and two males, Dill and Thyme, were stolen from their hutch in Belle Vue Park on Thursday.
One of the park’s rangers, who look after the animals on a day-to-day basis, noticed they were gone when he went to close up their enclosure for the evening.
Mrs Hauth said she doubted they will get the animals back.
“Three guinea pigs have been taken,” said the 39-year-old. “They [the park rangers] have been to the police but they’re not that interested.”
It is not the first time the charity has experienced problems with housing the animals in the park.
Six months ago, a rabbit named Pebbles was stolen from her hutch, while last year six rabbits were deliberately injured, with a nine-year-old rabbit having to be put down after suffering a broken jaw.
Mrs Hauth said removing the remaining two animals was their only option.
“Last time, we said if it happens again we would sadly have to take them away,” she said.
The husband and wife team run the charity from their home in Second Avenue, where rabbits are taken in and cared for before being rehomed.
Pets corner provided the opportunity for children and visitors to enjoy the animals.
The hutches now lie empty, until the couple decide whether or not the animals can return.
They are trying to raise funds to build covers for the pens in an effort to increase security and allow for the animals to return next year.
They are asking the public to come forward and help identify the whereabouts of the guinea pigs.