UPDATE:- Six puppies all reunited thanks to the quick response from Greater Manchester Police #PetTheftReform

UPDATE:- Six puppies all reunited thanks to the quick response from Greater Manchester Police #PetTheftReform

#PUPDATE : It was initially thought that seven puppies were taken but it has since been established that it was six.

Six new born #puppies have been reunited with their mother after they were stolen from a flat in #Harpurhey yesterday (20 July 2019).

Following an urgent public appeal issued hours after the five-week-old puppies were taken, officers from GMP’s City of Manchester Division attended a property in Moston and recovered all six dogs.

A 40-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and remains in custody for questioning.

The staff cross puppies, who are all safe and well, have now been reunited with their mother, Zena, who is over the moon at their return.

The investigation into the incident – which took place at a flat on Fernclough Road at around 9:30am yesterday – remains ongoing and detectives are keen to speak to anyone with information that can assist.

Detective Constable Nick Kershaw of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: “This has been a fast paced investigation and I am pleased to be able to say that last night, we attended at an address in Moston and recovered all six puppies.

“The puppies are all safe and well, and have been reunited with their mother, Zena, who was absolutely delighted to see them.

“It has been a huge effort from the team to reunite the puppies with their mother before the worst happened, however our investigation is not finished there and we are keen to speak with anyone who can help us.

“If you have information that you think may be of use to us, no matter how big or small, then I would encourage you to please contact the investigation team, or Crimestoppers.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 3985, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Detectives in North Manchester have launched an urgent appeal after seven new born #puppies were stolen in #Harpurhey.

At around 9:30am this morning (Saturday 20 July 2019), two men armed with machetes gained entry to a flat on Fernclough Road after following a man inside and attacking him.

Leaving the victim on the floor with defensive wounds to his forearms and hands, the offenders then began their search of the property, looking for any valuables which they could steal.

Not content with the cash, keys and phone which they had taken from the victim, the two men continued their search and came across a litter of five-week-old staff cross puppies and their mother, Zena.

Showing no regard for the safety of the puppies, the two offenders started picking them up and shoving them in carrier bags.

When Zena tried to bravely defend her pups, she was hit in the head with a machete by one of the men, causing a deep laceration.

The offenders then fled the scene.

Both of them are described as black, skinny build, believed to be in their 20s and were wearing dark clothing with the hoods up.

One of the men is believed to be around 6ft 3in – 6ft 4in tall and was wearing a grey and black camouflage face covering.

His accomplice was slightly shorter and wearing a plain black face covering.

Detective Constable Nick Kershaw, of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: “We are urgently appealing for information which will help us locate the puppies which were stolen this morning.

“The dogs are only five-weeks-old and without their mother, they likely won’t survive very long so it is important that anybody with information that can assist, please contacts police as a matter of urgency.

“This was an incredibly callous robbery, where the offenders showed absolutely no regard for the safety of anyone, human or animal, who was present at the time. They only had one thing on their mind, which was to take whatever they could.

“Please help us return these puppies and reunite them with their very sad mother, Zena, who has been left devastated.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 3985, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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