The hunt is on to find the burglars who stabbed a dog in the eye during a break-in.
They were armed with knives as they raided the home late last night.
The three men threatened the homeowners before stabbing the dog and fleeing with several credit cards and a small amount of cash.
They have been described by police as black and aged in their late 20s or early 30s.
All three were wearing dark clothing when they stormed the home in Basildon, Essex, just before 10.35pm.
Pictures of Lexi the dog’s injuries have been released by her owner to encourage witnesses to come forward.
Anyone that may have information or CCTV footage of the incident is asked to call the Basildon Local Policing Team on 101, quoting crime reference number 42/174365/18.
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.