Paws-itively awful: Thief dognaps Bergen Beach family’s pooch on Easter Sunday

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It’s a dog-gone tragedy.

A pup pilfering bandit nabbed a Bergen Beach family’s beloved pooch amid a brazen daylight burglary on Easter Sunday, breaking a 3-year-old girl’s heart in the process, according to her father.

“My daughter loves that dog. All I care about is getting my dog back to my daughter,” said Anatoly Bartov.

Cops are searching for the mastermind behind the canine caper, which occurred on April 21 at around 4:16 p.m., surveillance video provided by the Bartov family shows. In the minute-long clip, the dognapper can be seen opening the backyard gate to the vacant E. 73rd Street home and, 49 seconds in, strolling out with Oz — a 2-year-old Alaskan Klee Kai.

The dog owners returned to the home — located between avenues W and X — at around 6 p.m. to find the pup missing, and the leash he was chained to cut in half.

Police described the suspect as an approximately 37-year-old man standing at 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds, and sporting short brown hair.

Bartov promised a handsome reward to anyone who can help bring the dog-thief to justice.

“There will be a $5,000 reward to anyone who can help identity, find, and convict the person in the video,” he said.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow her at
Updated 4:28 pm, April 24, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
Dogs don’t belong in cities.
April 24, 2019, 3:50 pm
Hattie from East Flatbush says:
Was probably a cat owner. They hate dogs.
April 25, 2019, 2:07 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I agree with Vision Zero! It's a stupid dog, who cares?
April 25, 2019, 7:05 am
Elizabeth from Prospect Heights says:
This is awful! I am so sorry! Who could do such a despicable thing? I pray you get your beautiful dog back.
April 25, 2019, 11:38 am

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