Peterborough pet store owner shocked by spray-painted animals during break-in

Rebecca Cave and Buddy.

In the early hours of Thursday morning (February 10), thieves forced their way into Caves Pet Shop on Peterborough Road, Crowland.

Several items including jackets, weights, tools and fly spray were stolen, but most distressingly for owner Rebecca Cave, she found her chinchillas and parrot Buddy covered in paint spray blue.

Charlie, his other orange-winged Amazon, was nowhere to be found and remains missing.

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The thieves were thought to have stolen Charlie but he has since been seen flying loose near Mason’s Bridge, near Newborough.

Buddy stayed in his cage but like chinchillas he was covered in paint. Rebecca has since been applying eye cream to treat Buddy’s eyes, as it appears paint got into them during the attack.

The paint can no longer be washed off and will only be removed when Buddy and the chinchillas begin to shed/shed their feathers and new feathers grow.

Rebecca, who has run the pet shop for over 15 years, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw what had happened. They entered from the side and do not appear on any of the cameras. The door was kicked in and the metal torn off. “My first thought was for the animals and seeing the state they were in was upsetting everyone. It was not necessary.

“I treated Buddy with eye cream but the paint isn’t rubbing off anymore, we’ll just have to wait.

“At least I know Charlie is alive and well, but I really want him back.”

Anyone who might have information about Charlie or the burglary has been asked to call the store on 01733 810888.

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