Six out of eight puppies taken by dogsnappers who held a knife to a pregnant mum’s stomach have died.
Only two of the stolen French bulldog have been reunited with their mother after thieves attacked Leeanne Corbett, 26, at her home in Stretford, on Tuesday night, Greater Manchester Police said.
GMP said in a statement on Friday: ‘This afternoon two puppies who were part of a litter stolen in an armed robbery in Stretford have been reunited with their mother.
‘The pure breed French Bulldogs were taken at around 9.50pm on Tuesday 23 October when they were just one-day-old after armed thieves forced their way into a home on Alpha Road.'French Spiderman' banned from climbing any building in UK after scaling Heron Tower
‘Unfortunately, the rest of the litter have died.
‘Enquiries to trace two men police want to speak to in connection with the incident are ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to come forward.’
Leeanne, who is six months pregnant, was at home with her three young sons when she was greeted by two men with their hoods pulled up at her door.
She told of the incident: ‘They pushed me into the kitchen and held a butcher’s knife to my stomach. They were asking for money for the dogs.
‘I said “They are puppies and only a day old”. They were looking around the house.
‘They picked up the puppies’ incubator and put it in the hallway. The kids were on the Playstation upstairs. They went upstairs and wrenched it from them. One of them said “Leave it you wretch” so they left the Playstation. They then left with the puppies.’
She explained that their mother Reign started biting her own paws in distress.
Leeanne added that she didn’t think the thieves would know what to do with them, and that they needed ‘feeding every hour’.Woman, 60, jailed for running over cyclist she 'thought he was a scarecrow'
She urged the thieves to ‘drop them off at a vets so they can get home to their mum, they wont survive without their mum.’
The raid happened at 9.40pm while Leeanne’s seven-year-old twin sons were playing upstairs.
Greater Manchester Police are now investigating the incident and have released CCTV footage to find the offenders.
Leeanne’s two seven-year-old boys and 10-year-old son, who has disabilities, are also traumatised following the break-in.
Detective Sergeant Dave Jones said: ‘It’s completely shocking that a pregnant woman and her young children have faced such a terrifying ordeal, and we are determined to find the men responsible.’
Information can be passed onto detectives by calling 0161 856 7747 quoting reference number 2218 of 24/10/18 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111