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12:11  09 june  2019
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Childcare centre chickens stolen and set on fire© Provided by ABC News Christine Harrison said the chickens were important to the children who attended the centre.

Staff at a south Canberra childcare centre are in shock after three chickens were stolen from a coop at the business and set on fire.

Police said on Sunday they were investigating after a coop was broken at Eucalyptus Montessori childcare centre and preschool at about 3:00am on Saturday.

The animals were found nearby and police said they showed signs of having been set alight. Two survived, but one was euthanised soon afterwards.

Staff member Christine Harrison said they were horrified by the discovery.

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Childcare centre chickens stolen and set on fire© abc news Two of the chickens who were stolen and set on fire "Yesterday we were informed by the police that they had been called and found that the chickens that we have here had been severely damaged," she said.

"It was just awful, just a horrible thing to look at, to see the chickens like that."

"One of them had to be euthanised and the other one looked like it would have to be, but the vet said that they would try to save her, and they have done, and she's getting treated now."

The third chicken lost the feathers from its neck and tail, but was also recovering.

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"We'll just tell them what happened to the chickens and we'll talk to them about that," she said.

"We've got some books about pets and when things happen to pets, and that they get looked after, and I think we have to be honest that sometimes pets do die."

She said the animals were incorporated in a child's care whenever they child became stressed or emotional.

"They've actually gotten really close to the chickens," she said.

"When some of the children are a little distressed we take them up to the chickens and they're instantly calm.

"They're important for them to actually see, that we can look after our pets and we can look after our animals."

Police call for witnesses, further information

ACT police said in a statement they hoped anyone with information that could be helpful would come forward.

Ms Harrison said they had CCTV footage of the attack and they hoped it would help find the perpetrators.

"I think we might just have to step up the vigilance," she said.

"It's hard to know what to do."

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