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Police are investigating after a 12-week-old puppy was found dead after late night thieves targeted an equestrian property in Poltesco, Cornwall on Saturday, July 6.

It is believed that the thieves killed the puppy to silence it to prevent it from alerting the owners.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police told H&H: “We are still continuing to investigate but no arrests have been made so far.

“We are still keen to hear from anyone with any information that will lead us to the offenders.

“Additionally anyone with horses and equestrian equipment are urged to consider their own security arrangements and to be vigilant, reporting any suspicious activity to the police.”

The police have also confirmed that nothing was stolen from the property.

Contact Devon and Cornwall police on 0990 777 444, quoting crime reference number GE/13/149, with any information.