Puppies stolen during an Ayrshire farm raid ten days ago have been returned to their owner.

Four black labrador pooches were stolen on April 10 — a week before they were meant to go to their new homes.

But the devastated breeder who raised the alarm that the pups had been pinched has tonight revealed that two of the four dogs have been returned.

Veronica Martin, who's been breeding pooches for 35 years, said this evening that the two bitch puppies were found as a result of "information received."

But two of the pets — a bitch and a dog puppy — are still missing.

Two of the puppies have been returned

The missing bitch has a few white hairs on her chest and the dog is totally black and both will be nine weeks old tomorrow.

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In two Facebook posts, Veronica said: "Two bitch puppies have been returned to us. Safe and sound. Found by information received .

"Thank you everybody. Please keep looking. Dog and bitch still missing.

"Note the collars....not ours, I do not use collars.

"Info on the two remaining puppies that are still missing.

"The missing bitch puppy has a few white hairs on her chest, the dog puppy ,totally black. Will be 9 weeks old tomorrow."

When the dogs vanished last month, Veronica told Ayrshire Live that all the puppies had been set to go to their new homes.

But the dedicated dog breeder said she had to make heartbreaking calls to families after thieves raided her home.

She said earlier this month: "I'm devastated. Absolutely devastated.

"I'm even more devastated for the people that were expecting to pick up a puppy next week and have prepared for this and have children who are excited and contacting me to make sure they've got everything right and they've booked into the vets for checks and inoculations."

She added: "I've never encountered anything like this in my 35 years breeding.

"I've seen posts but I personally don't know anyone that has had puppies taken.

"As my husband says, anyone that steals anything is 100 per cent profit to the person who steals."

Police Scotland have been contacted for comment.

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