A family who had five French bulldog puppies stolen during a burglary, have been reunited with one of the litter.
The family from Royton are now making a hopeful plea to the public to find their four remaining missing pups.
All five French bulldog pups, valued at several thousand pounds each, were stolen from the family home in Royton during a burglary on Saturday 5 March 2016, sometime between 6.45pm and 9.30pm.
Having forced their way into the house from the rear entrance, the thieves stole the five puppies, who were aged six weeks at the time, from their mother. Nothing else was stolen during the burglary.
On 14 March 2016, police enquiries led officers to a house in north Manchester, where one of the puppies named Frankie, was safely recovered. However, the four other puppies are still missing.
Arrest made include that of a 23-year-old woman and two men, aged 20 and 32. They have been taken into custody on suspicion of burglary in connection with this case, and have been bailed until 16 April 2016 pending further enquiries.
The “distressed” dog owners, Rob and Victoria Hollingsworth, said they were devastated and remained in shock, days after the robbery.
“When we got the call from the police to say they had found one of the pups and were on their way round to the house with it, it was the best feeling and we remain hopeful every day that we are going to find our four missing pups”, they said.
“The support we have had from the public and on social media has been overwhelming and we are asking anyone at all that has any information about where our pups might be, to please get in touch so we can bring them home”.
Detective Sergeant Jason Byrne from GMP’s Oldham division said: “It is not just the theft of the puppies itself that has had such a devastating impact on this family, but the fact that they were stolen away from their mother at such a young, vulnerable age and before they were ready to leave her, has left the owners desperately concerned for their welfare. Two weeks on, these pups are now at an age where they require their vaccinations to keep them healthy.
“Thankfully little Frankie has been recovered safe and well, but we are now appealing for members of the public to please come forward if they have any information about where the other four remaining pups may be, so they too can be reunited with their mum”.