A pet owner has launched a desperate appeal to get her beloved puppies back after they were swiped by burglars.

Anita Kumari, 38, of Granville Road, Hayes, is "devastated" after the theft of her two blue Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Boris and Tyler. Despite falling victim to two burglaries in five days, it is the theft of her two pedigree pups that has hit the family hardest.

She said: "We were left shaken after the first burglary, but it was only replaceable possessions that were taken. These dogs are part of the family and we are very worried about them. They have special dietary requirements and I fear that they won't be looked after properly."

The first burglary happened on November 13. The thieves forced entry while the family were out in the afternoon and made away with a jacket, a handbag and Mrs Kumari's Ford Focus. The car has since been recovered by police but it was found to be seriously soiled and damaged.

In the second burglary on November 18, the thieves are thought to have gained entry through a narrow opening above the side door to the house between 2pm and 4pm. They entered through the utility area at the back of the house and took the valuable blue-coated pups from their beds.

Mrs Kumari said: "I saw them in the morning and my mum saw them later in the afternoon. When I came home from work they didn't come to greet me at the patio door which is what they would usually do. When I checked, they were gone.

She added: "I am very worried about them and I feel that I really need to be doing things to get them back safely to me before it's too late. My son is very upset and has gone very quiet and withdrawn into himself since they've been taken.

Boris is five months old with a long tail, half of which is white, and a white blade, shoulders and legs. Tyler is 9 months old with white toes and a white blade.

The investigating officer, PC Simon Blinston, said: “During the burglary at the address no other items were taken other than the dogs. The victim is distraught and obviously would like her pets back. I urge members of the public to take a good look at the photos. If anyone has information about this offence or the whereabouts of the dogs should call Hillingdon Police on 0208 246 1445.”

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.