Half a dozen month-old pups have been reunited with their mother after they were swept up in a gruesome armed robbery. The six Staffordshire Bull Terriers are “safe and well” according to police – although their mother was slashed in the face during the brutal raid.
By, 26 Jul 2019
The dog world was stunned on Saturday morning as news broke of a pupnapping in Greater Manchester – just months after a litter of French bulldog puppies were stolen at knifepoint in Stretford last autumn. Only two of the eight Frenchie pups made it home alive.
This time the location was Harpurhey – and a happier ending was reached.
Zena, Warrior Mum
At 9.30 on Saturday morning, two masked men followed a man into his flat and attacked him. They then searched the flat for loot – and found Zena the Staffie and her brood.
They slashed Zena in the face as the young mother defended her five-week-old pups. Zena’s owner suffered defensive wounds on his hands and wrists. The brutes also grabbed cash, keys, and a phone as they hotfooted it with the puppies.
That was when Greater Manchester Police began their dogged puphunt, issuing an appeal for information. It was believed that the pups would not survive long without their mother.
“This was an incredibly callous robbery, where the offenders showed absolutely no regard for the safety of anyone, human or animal, who was present at the time. They only had one thing on their mind, which was to take whatever they could,” declared Detective Constable Nick Kershaw, quoted in the Manchester Evening News.
“Please help us return these puppies and reunite them with their very sad mother, Zena, who has been left devastated.”
Bundle of cuddles
Just hours after the robbery, cops tracked the Staffie litter to an address in Moston.
“The puppies are all safe and well, and have been reunited with their mother, Zena, who was absolutely delighted to see them,” Kershaw later announced.
The police force released images of the puppies resting in a cage – their little legs no doubt quivering as they relived the frightening ordeal in their dreams.
One man has been arrested on suspucion of aggravated burglary and faces questioning. Zena probably has a question or two she’d like to put to him, too.
Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 3985, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.