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.