One woman spoke of the terrible moment in her own kitchen when she was held by the tip of a knife by thieves who stole five new puppies – and kicked her mother in the head.
Samantha Stewart, 25, was grabbed and threatened by thieves who took the litter of the four-week-old English Bulldogs on Thursday.
The attack came after Samantha advertised the pups on eBay for between £ 3,000 and £ 4,000 each.
Mrs. Stewart related Birmingham Live: “They kicked Polly in the head, it was horrible, it was horrible. I shivered after that, I felt sick, I couldn’t sleep,” said Ms. Stewart, who owns the pets with her boyfriend.
“I had her here because I’m alone with my daughter. I thought that would be good for a bit of security – and then it happened.”
Two thieves grabbed the puppies and ran through the garden, where they handed them over the fence to a third perpetrator who put them in a bag.
Samantha Stewart, 25, was threatened with a knife while her dog Polly was kicked in the head during the robbery
The pups were removed from the house in Kings Norton around 10:20 a.m. after Samantha returned after dropping her daughter off at school to find the intruders in her kitchen.
She said, “I went back in, I locked my door, I went straight through my house to the back door, I opened the back door and the dog ran into the back yard.
“I came back to make coffee and saw something move out of the corner of my eye. When I turned around, there were two crackers in masks in my kitchen.
“I shouted, ‘What the hell are you doing in my house?’
“One of them shouted: ‘Give me the puppies, shut up.’ He grabbed me, got the knife and yelled at me for my cell phone
“The knife wasn’t far from me, I kind of threw the phone away. I just wanted them to go, there was nothing else for them.”
The second “boy” just stood there in silence, she said before kicking the puppy’s mother in the face.
“The dog cage was in the kitchen and he was just leaning forward,” she added.
The adorable pups, a little over four weeks old, hadn’t even been named when they were caught
“The dog went for the smaller boy and when she went for him he kicked her in the face, she just ran after me.
“I was scared. I’ve never been in this situation in my life.
“I thought it was just the two boys, but my neighbors came out and saw. The two boys in my yard took the pups over the fence to the other boy, who put them in the sack.
“They then ran down Druids Lane towards Walker’s Heath Park and ran through towards the top of the fold.”
“The dog walks around panting, she’s devastated, she whines and cries and sniffs,” said Ms. Stewart.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “We are investigating after five dogs were stolen in a robbery of property on Shrewton Avenue in Birmingham at 10:20 am on June 10th.
The missing pups
“We know two men entered the property before threatening a woman with a knife and taking her phone along with five bulldogs belonging to a friend.
“This is understandably a traumatic experience for both the victim and the dog owner.
“Our investigation is still in its infancy and we ask anyone who has information or who witnessed the incident to contact us as soon as possible.