Dognapper arrested, and Christmas saved for a NY girl and her pet

It was a bold move, to pick up a dog off the street in broad daylight and run off with it, especially on Christmas eve.  For little Mia Bendrat it was a nightmare, as she came out of a shop with her mother to discover her King Charles spaniel was gone.   Fortunately for her and her dog, named Marley, an alert and quick thinking stranger saved the day and got Marley back to her.

Tina Cohen was walking near Union Square when her intuition told her something was not right.  A man was trying to sell a dog on the street, on Christmas day, and it just didn’t feel right.   “The guy was selling him for $220 and it was terrible to see that little guy like that and they didn’t look like they belonged together,” Cohen told 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten. “There was a guy standing with a dog, a beautiful dog, saying ‘I’m selling this dog,’ you know it’s not his dog, you know it’s a stolen dog.”

So Cohen paid the man for the dog and took him straight to the vet, where his microchip helped facilitate a prompt reunion with Mia and her mom who were beside themselves with joy and gratitude.  “Oh my God, thank you so much, because without you this moment wouldn’t happen,” Mia’s mom Angie Estrada told Cohen. “This was the best present ever.”

The whole theft was also caught on a surveillance video, with a man untying Marley’s leash and whisking him away, even as Marley cowered and tried to backpedal. Brad Bacon was later arrested by police and will likely be charged with grand larceny.  And meanwhile, Mia and her mother will never, ever leave Marley tied up outside a store again.

10 thoughts on “Dognapper arrested, and Christmas saved for a NY girl and her pet”

  1. I can’t get over how stupid people are to tie their dogs outside the store and leave them unattended. Just very glad to see a happy outcome.

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  2. There are locking/cut proof leads available, petloc.com is one – I don’t work for them, but I’ve seen several people try and steal my dog unsucessfully over the years.

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  3. Do not leave your pets outside of stores..tied to a post….there are desperate people out there…and they will sell your dog for drug money..the dog..will become a ‘pit bull bait dog” ….use common sense people..and leave your dog home..not outside as a target….don’t be stupid..this is no longer 1950~

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      • Hey Anon – you ninny! She was with her mother! Can you not read?
        These people are idiots and shouldn’t have taken theri dog wit them shopping let alone tie it outside!!!!!!!!

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  4. This one had a happy ending. That’s not what usually happens, it was a Christmas miracle. A pair of side cutters can easily cut off any collar and many times, collars are so loose they can be slipped over their head. Not only can a dog be stolen, it can be fed something that would kill it, even if it was not meant to, like chicken bones or something. Small dogs can be and are used as food for large snakes, don’t kid yourself. They’re used as bait dogs, they’re sold for drug money. DO NOT risk your dog’s life, do not leave a dog unattended even for a moment where it can be accessed by anyone else. As to the microchip, again, it’s the one thing that got this dog returned to it’s owner so fast that it saved the dog and family from hours or days of stress. I can’t say it often enough, chip your pet, and keep the info up to the minute correct.

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  5. What kind of a jackass leaves their dog tied up outside a store, or even TAKES a dog out on a freezing cold day in the midst of shoppers and noise and confusion. If you love your dog, LEAVE HER AT HOME!

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  6. Would you leave your purse outside unattended in a shopping cart? Would you leave your car sitting at the curb running with tons of Christmas gifts loaded in the back seat? Or even leave your baby outside in a stroller? Anyone answer yes to any of these questions? Then why would you leave a Dog tied up on a leash? It doesn’t make any sense. Anyone who is going to do that sort of thing needs to prioritize there sense of values and when they come out of the store and their dog is gone, there is no point in all of the tears and a sense of urgency then. We are way past that point by then. If you didn’t care enough not to tie your dog to the post in the first place, you certainly don’t care enough to fake the alligator tears and false concern now. Besides, you don’t deserve to have a dog, if you aren’t going to take any better care of it than that.

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