AN ANIMAL lover has launched a fundraising campaign in the name of a puppy that was killed during a botched robbery.
Mia, an eight-week-old spaniel pup, was taken from her cage and killed by two thieves who were ransacking a home in Aberlady in the early hours of Boxing Day morning.
The robbers fled empty-handed after being disturbed by the family, who had been asleep upstairs, but not before they had killed the young family pet.
Police are appealing for information following the “horrific and cruel incident”.
Now dog walking outfit Dirty Paws Lothian has set up an online collection page to raise cash for the family, while a pet cremation firm has also offered its services to the family free of charge.
Organiser Grant Redpath admitted the family, who wish to remain anonymous but have released a statement, have declined the financial offer and the cash will now go to a spaniel charity.
Grant, from Tranent, East Lothian, said: “I could not believe what I was hearing when I was told about the break-in. It is beyond comprehension that anyone could be so cruel to a tiny, defenceless animal.
“It is bad enough for the family to be broken into, especially at Christmas, but to do what they did to poor Mia is just horrific.
“I have spoken to the family are they are incredibly touched by all the interest and the money raised but, of course, they are still very raw about what happened.
“I just hope the collection and publicity will do some good, and hopefully someone will now come forwards and hand these two evil guys in to the police.
“Everyone has been so generous and all the money raised will now go to a spaniel rescue centre.”
The Dirty Paws Lothian campaign to raise charity cash in Mia’s name has so far raised £337.50 with further donations accepted to January 31.