Three dogs waiting to be flown to their new homes abroad were stolen from Paws dog shelter in Achelia in Paphos in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to staff.
Two young hounds, both female, were taken between 1 am, and 5 am, and the perpetrators are thought to have clambered over the shelter fence and closed the latched gates of the individual pens once the dogs had been removed.
Initially, the shelter believed two dogs had been stolen. However, it emerged on Tuesday lunchtime, that a third female hound was also missing.
Hope, who shared a pen with a similar-looking dog, was miscounted into the total before Harris realized that she too, had been stolen. Hope is four years old.