Six French bulldog puppies stolen from Rochdale home
Police are searching for six French bulldog puppies after they were stolen from a house in Rochdale.
On Saturday night, five people broke into a house on Partington Street and made demands for mobile phones, but after searching part of the property, they dognapped the puppies.
Detective Sergeant Richard Shelton of Greater Manchester Police's Rochdale Borough, said: "Although no-one was hurt during the incident, we need to make sure the puppies are safe and returned to their home as soon as possible.
"Dogs can very much be members of our families and I can't imagine the pain of not knowing where they are or when they will be seen again.
"Take time to study the photos we've released of the dogs - they are pure pedigree and all under one-year-old.
"I need people to be on alert and call us if they either noticed something unusual last night or if they have been offered one of the puppies."
The six puppies are Don , a lilac/tan and is eight-months-old, Django, who is chocolate/tan and is eight-months-old, Brutus, who is chocolate with green eyes and is seven-months-old, Scarface , who has a white/grey merle coat and is six months-old, Savage - who is lilac/tan and is two-months-old and Queenie - who is grey with short legs and is seven-months-old.
Pure pedigree French bulldogs are known to sell for over £1,500 in the UK.
According to the Kennel Club, French bulldogs are set to overtake Labrador retrievers as the UK's most popular dog breed by the end of 2018 - the first time the Labrador will have been knocked off the top spot in 27 years.
The incident took place at around 9.40pm on Saturday 28 April 2018, and anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 4810 quoting reference number 2351.