THE BRONX — A Siberian Husky puppy named Luna was stolen from a Clason Point family's apartment during a break-in, in which the burglars pepper-sprayed the family's four dogs and stole $1000 cash, police and relatives said
Gaudenci Rosendo came home about noon Tuesday and found the lock to the front door broken, the place ransacked and Luna gone, Nancy Torres, the distressed dog owner's wife said. Thieves also took a Playstation 4 and several pairs of Air Jordans, according to the NYPD.
"I don't understand why people would do that? They rob an apartment, ok, but why take the dog?" Torres, the mother of five, told DNAinfo New York on Thursday morning from her 532 Underhill Ave. apartment. "I don't care about the things they took, I just want the puppy back," the mother of five, said.
She said the place was turned upside down.
"Everything was a disaster, everything that was in the closets was taken out, on the floor, they put bleach on the clothes ... my mouth was burning because of the pepper-spray ... After 10 minutes, my husband said where is Luna?" Torres said.
When she realized the white puppy was missing, she said she couldn't stop crying.
"I can't eat, I don't sleep, I just want her back," she said of Luna, who was bought about a month ago from a breeder in Pennsylvania for $2,000 by the family's eldest son, Jason.
Torres, 35, said the thieves used pepper pray, mace and shot the dogs with paint balls in order to get into the apartment without being attacked by the canines.
"Luna's cage is missing so they probably put her in her cage to transport her," Torres said.
The family have been posting dozens of flyers in the neighborhood, offering $500 to anyone who will find her.
They are also using the Instagram account they made for their dogs, _snow_buddies, to spread the word of Luna's "kidnapping," Torres said.
"We don't care about the other things, we just want our dog back," Torres said.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).