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10 November 2010, 12:30
A litter of Staffordshire bull-terrier puppies - just 4 weeks old - are thought to be in peril after being snatched during a burglary.
The pups, along with a silver 42 inch JVC television and a silver laptop, were stolen after burglars broke in to a house on Barbel Avenue, Basingstoke, last weekend.
A witness had described seeing a woman in a fancy dress costume outside the address at around 1am on Saturday (Oct 30) at the same time a dog was heard crying.
Two more pups have been returned to their owner.
One puppy, a female with tan legs, was handed in on Tuesday after a member of the public saw a police appeal following the burglary overnight on October 29 into October 30.
The second, a blue female, was found in a property in Banstead yesterday (November 9th).
Both puppies have now been reunited with their brother, who was recovered from a house in Fleet on Friday.
All puppies are in good health.
A 27-year-old woman, a 27-year-old man - both from Basingstoke – and an 18-year-old man from Banstead, Surrey, were arrested on suspicion of burglary on Friday.
A further three people – two 17-year-old girls and a 15-year-old boy – all from Surrey, were arrested on Wednesday morning on suspicion of burglary.
Police believe the two remaining pups – a tiger brindle female and a white male with brindle patches on the eyes and patches on his back – may have been sold in or around the Banstead area of Surrey.
Officers remain concerned for the welfare of the outstanding puppies as, without the proper care - including appropriate food - they will die.
Anyone who has been offered a puppy for sale or who has been given a puppy matching these descriptions, is asked to contact DC Pete Hanson at Basingstoke Priority Crime Unit on 101.
Alternatively, contact the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.
Callers from outside Hampshire should use 0845 045 45 45.