FOUND: Litter of bulldog puppies stolen from borough home have been rescued #PetTheftReform


A litter of puppies stolen from a house in Leigh in the early hours of the morning have been returned home.

Brazen thieves had forced their way inside an address in Shelley Street, Leigh, during the early hours of this morning (Tuesday February 1), before taking the seven Old English Bulldog pups, which are just seven weeks old.

Their distraught owners launched an appeal for information on social media, and they were found this afternoon at an address in Merseyside. The puppies have now been returned home by the police.

Tammy McKenna and her partner Paul were only alerted to the crime when police officers woke them up in the night to let them know what had happened.

She said: “At 2.20 this morning, we were woken up by the police banging on our door. They said our door was open and that there’d been reports of burglaries in the area.

“Our patio doors had been forced open.”

“Our bulldog had a litter of puppies in December, and they’ve taken seven of the pups.”

A delighted Tammy said: “I’m so happy! We had somebody message us on Facebook, saying that they’d seen someone [with them].”

The police were called and dispatched to the address, which has not yet been disclosed, and the puppies were found inside.

“I’ve never been so happy in my entire life,” said Tammy.

She added: “They are filthy. They’ve been sitting in their own mess but they’ll be cleaned up and taken to the vets.”

An investigation is underway. It is believed that two males were arrested in connection with the discovery but this has not yet been confirmed by police.

A spokesperson for GMP said: “Officers were called just after 2.30am today (2 February 2021) to a report of a burglary on Shelley Street in Leigh.

“Seven puppies were taken.

“Enquiries are on-going and anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 222 of 02/02/2021 or online at

“Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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