Pair suspected of stealing puppies arrested in Lancashire

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of stealing puppies from a home in Blackburn.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 9:08 am
Updated Friday, 12th March 2021, 12:50 pm

The suspects caught the attention of police who stopped their vehicle in Bank Street, Brierfield yesterday evening (Thursday, March 11).

Officers searched the vehicle and found a pair of Staffordshire Bull Terrier inside. They are believed to belong to a litter of nine snatched from a home in Shadsworth, Blackburn on Wednesday, March 3.

The puppies had been just three-weeks-old when they were taken and their owner had described them as "tiny and vulnerable".

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier pups are believed to belong to a litter of nine snatched from a home in Shadsworth, Blackburn on Wednesday, March 3

The two men have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and the stolen puppies reunited with their owners.

A search is ongoing for the seven puppies that remain missing.

Their heartbroken owner, Corrie Mullaney, 21, said it was "like someone has taken my babies away" after the litter was stolen from her home in the early hours of the morning.

Corrie said: "You hear about this sort of thing all the time of puppies being taken but you never expect it to happen to you.

The litter of three-weeks old pups were stolen in the early hours of Wednesday morning (March 3) after burglars broke into a home in the Shadsworth area of the town

"The mum was so upset and depressed looking for the puppies. I have been with her through thick and thin and she is not leaving the caged area they were in and won’t eat or drink and then she looks for them.

"It is my first litter and was a bit of an accident as the mum got pregnant.

"Somebody must have known we were having the puppies and that is why they have broken in and stolen them."

Sgt Steve Dundon of Blackburn neighbourhood police team said: "We are aware of this incident and are appealing for help from members of the public.

"These dogs are too hot to handle and should not be away from their parents at this age. If anyone has information about these puppies, they should contact us on 101 using the log number of 113 of March 3.”