TWO puppies have survived but six have died after an entire litter was stolen during an armed robbery.

Police said the puppies were found by a member of the public and were taken to a vets, where six were found to be dead.

Two of the pups have survived and are doing well. They were reunited with their mother and their owner on Friday afternoon.

The pure breed French Bulldogs were stolen at around 9.50pm on Tuesday, October 23, when they were just one day old after armed thieves forced their way into a home on Alpha Road.

The other six puppies did not survive the time apart from their mother.

The thieves, armed with knives, forced their way into the home and threatened to stab a 26-year-old mum.

The woman, who is six months pregnant, and her three young children, were forced to hand over their mobile phones before ransacking the house for cash and valuables.

The thieves then took the litter of eight French Bulldog puppies, which were only a day old.

Enquiries to trace two men police want to speak to in connection with the incident are ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to come forward.

Information can be passed onto detectives by calling 0161 856 7747 quoting reference number 2218 of 24/10/18 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.