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From West Midlands Police:

Three dogs – including one carrying a litter of pups – have been stolen from a house in Birmingham by thieves posing as RSPCA officials.

The Yorkshire Terriers were whisked away from the address in Blandford Road, Quinton, on Saturday afternoon (31 Oct) by two smartly-dressed men claiming to be investigating neglect allegations.

One scooped up a nine-month-old puppy from the kitchen while his accomplice took her two-year-old parents – who are expecting a litter in less than a month’s time – from the garden before making a swift exit.

Investigating officer DC Stewart McLaughlin, said: “They purported to be from the RSPCA’s neglect team and suggested the dogs “looked in a bad way” before removing them from the house.

“We’ve made enquiries with the RSPCA and none of their officials were sent to the address so it’s clear they’ve targeted the house in order to steal the dogs.

“It’s not clear if they made their escape in a car so I’d ask for any witnesses to contact me – and if anyone has seen the dogs or offered them for sale I’d like to hear from them.”

The men – both white and believed to be in their late 30s or 40s – struck just after 2.30pm on Saturday.

One is described as 5ft 6ins tall, muscular build with blonde-brown shaved hair, while the other was taller, around 6ft, with short black hair.

All the dogs are black and tan in colour; one has a black and grey tail while the bitch has an all-black tail.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC McLaughlin in the investigation team at South Birmingham Police on the 101 number.

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