Nine tiny puppies have been snatched from their beds after burglars crept into a Lancashire house in the middle of the night.

Police said the Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppies were stolen in the early hours of this morning (March 3).

Burglars broke into the property in the Shadsworth area of Blackburn.

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary say the puppies are only three weeks old and 'should not be away from the parents at that age'.

They have released pictures of the puppies as part of an appeal to help bring them back home safely.

A force spokesperson said: "We are appealing to the community to be on the look out for people who may be trying to sell young puppies .

The puppies are only three weeks old

"There was a report of a burglary in the Shadsworth area in the early hours of today (Wednesday 03/03) where 9 Staffordshire bull terrier puppies have been stolen from a property.

"The puppies are only 3 weeks old and should not be away from the parents at that age.

"If you get offered one,please contact us on 101 and quote log number 0113 of 03/03 straight away."

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