Machete-wielding burglars slash dog's face and steal her seven puppies

Zena's litter of seven puppies was taken

Cruel burglars slashed a dog’s face and stole her puppies.

Machete-wielding robbers have stolen seven puppies from a flat in north Manchester.

The young litter could die if they are not reunited with their mother, police have warned.

The puppies were snatched at about 09:30 yesterday when two men followed a man into a flat in north Manchester.

The dogs were shoved inside carrier bags and when their mother tried to defend them she was slashed in the face, Greater Manchester Police said.

A man at the address in Fernclough Road, Harpurhey, was also attacked.

He suffered "defensive wounds" to his hands and arms, police said.

The burglary has been slammed as "incredibly callous" and Det Con Nick Kershaw said the offenders "showed absolutely no regard for the safety of anyone, human or animal".

The puppies were taken from a north Manchester home

"The dogs are only five weeks old and without their mother, they likely won't survive very long so it is important that anybody with information that can assist, please contact police as a matter of urgency," he added.

"Please help us return these puppies and reunite them with their very sad mother, Zena, who has been left devastated."

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The robbers also took cash, keys and a phone. They were both black, thought to be in the 20s and of slim build and were wearing dark clothing with hoods.

One of the men is believed to be 6ft3 and was wearing a grey and black camouflage face covering.

The other is slightly shorter, with a black face covering, police said.