TORONTO - Toronto police are searching for three purebred puppies allegedly stolen from a backyard.

They say the puppies disappeared from a home (near Main Street and Danforth Avenue) around 3 p.m. Friday.

The eight-week-old English Bulldogs are described as light brown and white.

A woman who claims to be the owner said she and the puppies were playing outside when she went indoors for a few minutes.

She returned to find them missing.

She said the dogs were bred for herself and friends, and were not for sale.