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Robbers steal eight French bulldog puppies in 'terrifying' raid

French bulldog puppies Image copyright GMP
Image caption The robbers took the day-old puppies from a home in Stretford, Greater Manchester

Knife-wielding robbers stole eight French bulldog puppies from a home after threatening a pregnant mother and her children.

The men seized the day-old puppies from their 26-year-old owner at the home in Stretford, Greater Manchester.

Two or three men are thought to have been involved, using a knife to scare the woman and her three young children on Tuesday night.

Pedigree French bulldog puppies can sell for more than £1,000 each.

Greater Manchester Police have released CCTV and appealed for anyone with information about the "terrifying" robbery to contact the force.

Det Sgt Dave Jones said: "It's completely shocking that a pregnant woman and her three young children have faced such a terrifying ordeal, and we are determined to find the men responsible.

"The puppies are only a day old, and they won't survive for long without their mum, so they need to be brought home as soon as possible."

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Image caption Police released CCTV which shows two of the suspects

The family were unhurt and dialled 999 after the men fled.

It is thought they drove up in a car before knocking on the door at 21:50 GMT. The mother answered the door before the men forced their way in, GMP said.

They demanded cash and mobile phones before stealing the puppies.

Det Sgt Jones added: "As well as finding the offenders, an immediate priority is to find these puppies.

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Image caption Two men are thought to have burst into the house, with a possible third man acting as a getaway driver

"I need anyone with information about the whereabouts of the puppies, or the men responsible, to please contact police as a matter of urgency."

The RSPCA said French bulldog puppies sell for "at least £1,200" but can cost "far more".

A spokeswoman added: "They need very intensive looking after with bottle feeding and warm conditions.

"At this age it is imperative they have their mother's mother's milk and care."

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