A dog and her six puppies have been discovered in Greater Manchester after being stolen hundreds of miles away from their owners in Devon.

Maggie, a French bulldog, was stolen from her home in Bradninch, Devon, on May 13 - while she was heavily pregnant with puppies.

Gathering information from the public, officers from Greater Manchester Police worked with Devon and Cornwall Police to track down Maggie.

The 'diligently' collected intelligence led police from the Trafford West neighbourhood team to a house more than 220 miles away from Devon in Moss Lane in Partington, Trafford, where it was believed the dog was being kept.

Following further investigations, police officers were let into the property - only to find that Maggie was there, giving birth to six puppies.

The dog and her puppies were rushed into veterinary care, according to the force, and are now doing well.

After the shocking discovery, two people have been arrested, including a 28-year-old woman on suspicion of handling stolen goods, and a 33-year-old man on suspicion of theft.

Both have been released under investigation.

Maggie the French bulldog

Maggie and her pups will soon reunited with their owner, says GMP, as the force warns that dog theft 'will not be tolerated' in the region.

Inspector Jon Ezard from GMP's Trafford West Neighbourhood Team said: "This is a fantastic result with a happy ending for Maggie, Maggie's owner and all six of her pups, thanks to the diligent and persistent work of officers in the Trafford West Neighbourhood Team, and our partners at Devon and Cornwall Police.

"Maggie and her pups will be reunited with their owner shortly, and I'd like to thank our partners at Devon and Cornwall police for their assistance, as well as the public for working with us to track them down.

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"French bulldogs are an extremely popular breed, and the price of buying a dog has increased.

"But dog theft isn't about money for victims, they are losing a member of the family.

"Hopefully this will send a strong message that GMP will not tolerate this kind of criminality, and anyone who commits this kind of crime, will be brought to justice.

"I would like to encourage anyone with any information, whether that is seeing some suspicious activity relating to dogs or attempted thefts, to report it to us either by calling 101 or reporting it via LiveChat online at gmp.police.uk.

"The information passed to us is looked into and taken seriously."

The Dogs Trust has provided advice on how to keep your pets safe:

You can find further help and advice on the GMP website about protecting your dog from theft.