‘Scumbags’ spray family in face with noxious substance to steal bulldog puppies

Puppy thieves burst into an Essex family’s home and sprayed two women in the face with a noxious fluid before making off with three pedigree British Bulldogs.

The masked men broke in the house in Basildon just before 11pm on Friday, October 22.

Sally Knight-Buxton, the owner of the stolen pups, says she was sitting in her living room watching the television when the culprits struck, with her children sleeping upstairs.

She described how she and her mum were then subjected to a violent assault before the thieves made off with the three bulldog puppies, which can sell for between two and five thousand pounds each.

Ms Knight-Buxton said: "We jumped up and screamed in horror and then they squirted me and my mum in the face with some sort of liquid.

"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.

"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."

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.

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