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Stolen puppies reunited with mum who was slashed with machete in violent burglary – Metro.co.uk

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The puppies are now back with their mum
The puppies are now back with their mum (Picture: Greater Manchester Police)

Six tiny puppies have been reunited with their mum after they were stolen by burglars.

The raiders slashed Staffordshire Terrier Zena in the face with a machete when she tried to protect her pups.

They stuffed the newborn dogs into carrier bags and made off with them.

Police had issued an urgent appeal for information yesterday as it was feared the litter would not survive long without their mother.

But on Sunday Greater Manchester Police said officers had made an arrest and the six dogs were safe and well and back with their mother.

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

Five puppies were stolen from their mother, Zena, during a flat raid in Harpurhey. Zena was slashed with a machete as she tried to defend her pups. Sick thieves stole seven puppies and slashed their mum with a machete as they raided a flat in Harpurhey. Masked robbers followed the occupant of the flat into his property on Fernclough Road at around 9.30am this morning. They attacked the man, leaving him with wounds to his forearms and hands.
Six puppies were stolen from their mother, Zena, who was slashed with a machete as she tried to defend her pups (Picture: MEN Media)
Five puppies were stolen from their mother, Zena, during a flat raid in Harpurhey. Zena was slashed with a machete as she tried to defend her pups. Sick thieves stole seven puppies and slashed their mum with a machete as they raided a flat in Harpurhey. Masked robbers followed the occupant of the flat into his property on Fernclough Road at around 9.30am this morning. They attacked the man, leaving him with wounds to his forearms and hands.
The six puppies were stolen during a flat raid in Harpurhey (Picture: MEN Media)

The pups were taken after two men armed with machetes followed a man into a flat on Fernclough Road in Harpurhey, north Manchester, at around 9.30am on Saturday.

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The two began attacking their victim leaving him on the floor with defensive wounds to his forearms and hands, before searching the property, looking for any valuables to steal.

After snatching cash, keys and a phone, they came across the puppies, shoving them into carrier bags and hitting Zena on the face with a machete when she tried to defend her pups.

Five puppies were stolen from their mother, Zena, during a flat raid in Harpurhey. Zena was slashed with a machete as she tried to defend her pups.Sick thieves stole seven puppies and slashed their mum with a machete as they raided a flat in Harpurhey.Masked robbers followed the occupant of the flat into his property on Fernclough Road at around 9.30am this morning.They attacked the man, leaving him with wounds to his forearms and hands.
The Staffordshire Terrier cross puppies were only days old (Picture: MEN Media)

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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