BAYSIDE — A woman is searching for her beloved cocker spaniel after a pair of thieves sucker-punched her and stole the dog as she was walking through a Queens park Sunday night, according to the victim and police.
The 29-year-old woman, who asked to be identified by only her first name, Lora, was walking 5-year-old dog Ginger through a trail in Crocheron Park in Bayside at roughly 10 p.m. when she was approached by two men, she said.
One of the men asked about her dog, according to police and to Lora, who described the man as friendly and "chipper."
As he bent down to pet Ginger, the second man who had been standing nearby suddenly punched Lora in the stomach, knocking the wind out of her, she said.
"They knocked me over and I crumpled," Lora said. "I couldn't really get up fast enough to go after them."
The men fled the scene with Ginger, Lora said. She searched the area but was unable to find the culprits or her dog.
She says she wasn't seriously injured in the incident, and is now focused on finding Ginger, who she's had since the pup was just 4 months old.
"I'm fine but I just really want my dog back," Lora said. "I haven't been able to sleep."
Ginger is about 25 pounds, with short fur on her body and longer, curly fur on her head. She was wearing a green and yellow "Star Wars" collar with Yoda on it, and a black leash with peace signs on it.
Anyone with information about the incident or Ginger's whereabouts are asked to email HelpLoraFindGinger@gmail.com.