A gang of armed men broke into a home while a family, including a 10-year-old child, were sleeping, threatened them and stole puppies.
The four men forced entry into the home in Barlia Drive, Castlemilk, Glasgow, at around 1.30am on Wednesday, waking the sleeping residents.
The family – a 29-year-old man, 34-year-old woman, a 17-year-old and a 10-year-old girl – were threatened as the gang, armed with bladed weapons, smashed up the house and vandalised a Mercedes car parked outside.
Before leaving, they stole eight three-week-old bulldog-cross puppies.
Police believe the attack was targeted and said although no-one was injured, the 10-year-old has been left “deeply traumatised”.
The suspects are all white, slim and aged between 18 and 20. They were all wearing dark tracksuits with the hoods up.
Police said they arrived at the house in two silver cars – a Volkswagen Polo and an Audi.
The Audi was driven off after the incident and police have seized the other car for forensic examination.
A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and police inquiries continue.
Detective Inspector Lynsey Watters said: “I am appealing to members of the local community to contact us with any information and to listen out for anything they might hear regarding this crime.”