A farmer fears almost 70 piglets could catch a virus and die after they were stolen during a raid on a Hampshire farm.
In total, 67 six-week-old piglets were taken from the farm in Damerham, Fordingbridge, sometime between 20 and 28 May – and they have the reference HB0789 tattooed on them.
A Hampshire Police spokesperson said: “The piglets were being kept in their family groups, which is important for pigs as they are social animals.
“Moving them to a different location could expose them to dangerous bugs and cause unnecessary stress, which may lead to premature death.
“Have you noticed any new piglets at a smallholding or similar location recently?
“The farmer who owns the piglets is understandably extremely concerned for their welfare and we want to hear from anyone who can assist with our enquiries.”
Officers from the force’s Countrywatch team are investigating the theft and are keen to hear from anyone with information.
Anyone with information should call 101, quoting 44200190321.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or email email@example.com.