A PET owner who had two puppies stolen from her home is celebrating after they were returned to her yesterday (Wednesday).

Debbie Smith was left distraught after a thief broke into her home in Prestonpans and took two of her newborn German shepherd pups.

The mum-of-one said she was left terrified to be in her own home following the break-in and a social media appeal was launched to have the dogs found.

Police were also called in to hunt for the “despicable” thief who had grabbed the vulnerable animals while Debbie was out for the afternoon on Monday.

And yesterday, the 31-year-old was delighted to hear police officers had traced the young dogs following their search.

Debbie said: “Thank you to my two friends for helping me look for the pups.

“We got them back after someone coming into my house and taking them and hiding them in someone’s house.

“Police were then called and [they] brought the pups back after having them checked over at the vets.”

East Lothian officers shared an image of the pups along with a statement on their social media page.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Following the report of two German shepherd pups being stolen for an address in Prestonpans on Monday night, officers are pleased to report that both pups have been traced safe and well.

“Enquiries into the matter remain ongoing. Police Scotland would like to thank everyone who offered their assistance in relation to this matter.”