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

Stolen: Oz, an Alaskan Klee Kai, was stolen from his Bergen Beach home on Easter Sunday.
Anatoly Bartov

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 agraham@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow her at twitter.com/aidangraham95.

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