Dognappers steal sickly pooch outside Williamsburg grocery store

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Stolen: 11-year-old Border Terrier mix Theo was stolen by two thieves outside the Green Corner Fish and Farmers Market on Flushing Avenue in Williamsburg on the evening Aug. 19.

Two thieves stole a woman’s elderly dog from outside a Williamsburg grocery store Monday evening.

The pup poachers abducted Theo, an 11-year-old border-terrier mix, while he was waiting for his master outside the Green Corner Fish and Farmers Market on Flushing Avenue around 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 19, his owner said.

“It was heartbreaking. This is my childhood dog and I’ve had him forever,” said Bre Kelly.

The 21-year-old student brought Theo for a three-block stroll from her Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment to the market at the corner of Humboldt Street and tied him up outside — she returned 15 minutes later to find he’d vanished, with only his leash left behind.

Owners at the store gave Kelly access to their security feed, which shows one man roughly handling the dog — dragging the 25-pound canine by the collar, before grabbing him — while an accomplice keeps a lookout.

Kelly was stunned by the random act of cruelty.

“I was frankly baffled,” she said. “I really didn’t think that was something that’s possible that someone would steal a dog.”

Kelly got Theo from a Manhattan shelter when she was 10 years old and her furry pal has been at her side ever since.

“I’ve had him through a divorce and six moves — and all through college,” she said.

The missing furball suffers numerous health conditions, including arthritis, pancreatitis, liver issues, gingivitis, and tumors on his legs and stomach.

“Pretty much anything wrong he’s got it,” she said. “This isn’t a puppy.”

The dog is also hard of hearing and has separation anxiety — Theo once developed a belly rash after Kelly was forced to travel for a week, she said.

But none of that has made Kelly love Theo any less, and she’s desperate to be reunited with her old friend.

“It’s work to take care of him but it’s a big part of my life,” Kelly said.

Kelly has been posting flyers all over the neighborhood, and is offering a large cash reward with no questions asked and says that she won’t press charges if she gets him back.

“All I want is for him to be home,” she said. “I don’t really care why they took him I just want him back.”

Theo has an underbite, cloudy eyes, and a lump on his upper thigh. Anyone with information can reach Bre Kelly at (201) 788-5326.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Thief: Surveillance footage from the grocer at the corner of Humboldt Street shows the jerk nabbing Theo while his owner Bre Kelly was in the store.
Kelly, 21, got Theo from a Manhattan shelter when she was 10-years-old and the mutt has been at her side through thick and thin ever since.
Updated 2:31 pm, August 20, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Rockie from New York says:
Have a heart and return the dog to the owner. There’s to much bad in the world and make a family happy again.
Aug. 20, 9:28 pm
Obvious says:
Racist defined by communist - truth which leftists have no intelligent rebuttal.
Aug. 20, 9:31 pm
Jim says:
Never leave your pet unattended in public.
Aug. 20, 9:42 pm
Miran from Flushing ny says:
Remember that anything and everything you do in this life whether good or bad is being watched closely by Almighty God.So you will get what you give.So its best to do what is correct and return the dog to a animal clinic or shelter and by doing so GOD can forgive you.Now if you don't, then be prepared to see his fury and punishment towards you cause he is giving you a chance to do what's right before he unleashes it on you.Don't play with GOD.
Aug. 21, 1:42 am
Sel Sam from Bronx says:
My biggest fear is they will use the dog as a bait dog. This is why if I am with my dog, I would never go in a store where I can't bring him in. Hopefully they identify those dog snatchers but I hope it isn't too late for little guy.
Aug. 21, 7:38 am
Rosa from Bushwick says:
So many people constantly leaving their dogs outside of stores, this time for 15 minutes? We are in NYC not Kansas. Dogs get stolen all the time, often for awful reasons and not so they can become a pet. STOP leaving your dogs tied up outside!
Aug. 21, 9:05 am
Local from Here says:
This poor pup was snatched to be used as bait for fighting pit bulls and died a horrible death. Do not leave your dogs unattended in NYC, you are not in Ohio anymore.
Aug. 21, 10:27 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I hate dog owners almost as much as dogs.
Aug. 21, 12:15 pm
Yvette Rodriguez prayers from Williamsburg says:
Prayers prayers 🙏🙏🙏 for @ safe return home.pls update us on your furry baby. I live in Williamsburg keep my eyes open god bless.
Aug. 21, 12:45 pm
LaQwerty Jones from The USA says:
Not shocked that the cop-hating, illegal immigrant loving, white-hating, trump-bashing Henry Ford is siding with the thugs on this one. Trump 2020 #Blexit #Walkaway
Aug. 21, 2:18 pm
Suzanne from UWS says:
I agree that this poor dog will be used as a bait dog for pit bull dog fighting. All dog owners should be responsible and not naive to leave your precious dog unattended. This is NYC not Kansas! I’m almost as angry at the dog owner for her naivety as I am at the men that took him.
Aug. 21, 2:53 pm
Mutts Rule from NYC says:
This dog was stolen for bait. I am furious with the owner! You had one job to protect and keep this poor defenseless sickly senior safe and you blew it! Its mind blowing how you can be so delusional about the world we live in and not see how dangerous and abusive your actions were to your own pet.
Aug. 21, 4:08 pm
Karen Young from Bed-Stuy says:
Pit bull dog fighting is made in USA. Google Michael Vick. I have one main point for everyone. It's been made before but one more time: don't ever leave your dog tied up outside a store, at all, for any length of time. It is abusive and dangerous. don't try to multi task when you take the dog for a walk. Unless you know you can take him in the store - some are friendly - leave him home when you shop. It's so simple.
Aug. 21, 5:51 pm
Anonymous says:
What the owner did was wrong but how about people stop stealing another person's dog/property?? Let that sink in! People can't even let their dogs out in their own back yard due to this ——. For gods sake, people just need to mind their own business and keep their hands to themselves! Move the eff along and stop stealing everything that is not nailed down.
Aug. 21, 8:39 pm
Mellissa from Normal says:
Reunited! Dog stolen from outside Brooklyn store back home with owner – WPIX 11 New York
Aug. 21, 9:51 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I see local racist “LaQwerty” is foaming at the mouth again, better get him some rabies shots
Aug. 22, 8:03 am
LaQwerty Jones says:
Don’t assume my pronouns Henry. I am part of the LGBTQIJKLMNOP+ community. We is all inclusive, tolerant and loving. No human is illegal. Love trumps hate. RESIST!
Aug. 22, 8:24 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
What a petulant child. I guarantee you don’t have the courage to post your true identity. You are ashamed to and you should be. What would your neighbors or coworkers (if you have a job) say if they knew what you post here? Grow up.
Aug. 22, 2:12 pm

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