Detectives are appealing for information from members of the public after a dog was stolen in an overnight burglary in Widnes.
The incident occurred at a house in Brookdale between 12 midnight on Tuesday 8 July and 8.30am on Wednesday 9 July.
After entering the property whilst the occupiers slept, the offender or offenders stole their French bulldog.
Nothing else is believed to have been stolen from the house.
Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing.
Detectives have released photographs of the blue pied (white with blue patches) dog and are urging anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to get in touch.
They also want to speak to anyone with any other information, or footage, that may help their investigation.
Detective Sergeant Roberts, of Widnes Local Policing Unit, said: “Burglary is a serious offence in which victims are targeted in their own home, which is the place you should be able to feel most safe.
“Being the victim of a burglary is always a deeply upsetting experience, but this case is a particularly traumatic one for the victims due to the facts that the incident occurred whilst they were at home and has resulted in their beloved pet being stolen.
“They are absolutely devastated by the loss of their dog and we are determined to have him returned to them and to bring whoever stole him to justice.
“The dog is very friendly and excitable and has a blue patch on his left side and ear and a distinctive bright blue eye and a dark green eye.
“He was wearing a blue fabric and chain collar when he was stolen.
“I urge anyone with information regarding the dog’s whereabouts to contact the team here at Widnes Police Station.
“Perhaps you have seen the French bulldog since he was stolen or been offered the chance to buy him.
“We also want to hear from anyone who was in the Brookdale area overnight and witnessed anything suspicious.
“The same goes for anyone who believes they may know who committed the burglary, or have CCTV or dashcam footage of them.”
Anyone with information or footage that may aid the investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 749266, give the details via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.