Detectives in North Manchester have launched an urgent appeal after seven newborn 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.
Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 3985, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.