Three designer puppies were stolen after hooded "scumbags" reportedly burst into a family home and 'blinded' two of the owners by spraying them with noxious fluid.

Sally Knight-Buxton said she was watching TV in the living room while her children slept upstairs when the raiders struck at her home in Basildon, Essex, on October 22.

Before making off with the pedigree British Bulldogs - which can sell for up to £5,000 - the culprits squirted Sally and her mum, 62, with an ammonia-type substance.

Sally said she was also punched in the face and her mum was hurled to the ground during the horrific ordeal, which took place around 11pm.

Her children, aged nine, seven and five, came running downstairs in tears as the thieves fled.

Owner Sally said she was sprayed in the face with a noxious substance

"We jumped up and screamed in horror and then they squirted me and my mum in the face with some sort of liquid," Sally told The Sun.

"I couldn't see at all, and my eyes started to water and pour with tears, and then they threw my mum to the floor and punched me in the face.

The masked raiders burst into the family home

"As they grabbed the puppies, my children came running down the stairs screaming and crying, as these scumbags fled taking our beautiful babies."

"Please, please," she added, "help us get our babies back and get these scumbags caught because they are the lowest of the low and don't deserve to be walking the streets."

The puppies' names are Prince, Meathead and Queenie, while their mum Bella is said to be not eating and looking around for her puppies.

A neighbour reportedly saw a man trying to break into the home a few nights before.

Essex Police have released descriptions of two of the men said to be involved, but no arrests have been made at this stage.

A spokesperson for Essex Police said: "One of the men's been described to us as being of Asian or Mediterranean descent and wearing tracksuit trousers.

“Another is described as around 6ft tall, in his thirties or forties, with large build. He was wearing a navy top with the hood up, and had dark hair.

"At least one was wearing a balaclava or beanie-style hat."

Anyone who is offered a bulldog puppy for sale, or has any other information about the crime, is asked to call 101, quoting the crime reference number 42/173371/20.