Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Three arrested after puppies stolen from Basingstoke

Two more puppies have been recovered and three teenagers have been arrested after five four-week-old Staffordshire bull terriers were stolen in Hampshire.

Burglars broke into a home in Barbel Avenue, Basingstoke, overnight on 29 October, where a woman in fancy dress was seen outside.

A female puppy was handed in to police on Monday and another female was found in a property in Banstead earlier.

Four people had already been arrested and one puppy recovered.

Two 17-year-old girls and a 15-year-old boy, all from Surrey, were arrested in the morning on suspicion of burglary.

Poor health

Both puppies have been reunited with their brother, who was recovered from a house in Fleet on Friday.

Police believe the two remaining puppies, a tiger brindle female and a white male with brindle patches on the eyes and back, might have been sold in or around the Banstead area of Surrey.

The puppy recovered last week was in poor health because it had been given inappropriate food and police are concerned for the welfare of the two missing puppies.

They said without the proper care - including appropriate food - they would die.

Anyone who has been offered a puppy for sale or who has been given a puppy matching these descriptions, is asked to contact police.

A television and a laptop computer were also taken in the burglary.

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