Puppies re-united with mother after being stolen in violent machete attack in Manchester


Greater Manchester Police (GMP) had issued an urgent appeal after six dogs were taken by two men armed with machetes at a flat on Fernclough Road in Harpurhey, at around 9.30am on Saturday. The force has confirmed officers have made an arrest and the six dogs are safe and back with their mother, Zena. A 40-year-old man was held on suspicion of aggravated burglary and remains in custody for questioning.

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

After snatching money, keys and a phone, they came across a litter of five-week-old Staffordshire cross puppies and their mother, Zena.

They shoved the puppies in carrier bags and when Zena tried to defend her pups, she was hit on the head with a machete by one of the men, causing a deep laceration.

The offenders then fled the scene.

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.”

Detective Constable Kershaw has urged anyone with information to come forward.

He added: “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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