Have you seen this dog?
Have you seen this dog?

A $1,000 reward is being offered for help finding a dog that either escaped or was stolen by the burglar of a Merrick home this week, Nassau County authorities said.

The dog’s owners reported the two-year-old Bichon Shih Tzu named “Cookie” missing after a burglar broke into their Merrick Avenue home through a basement window between 10:30 a.m. and 2:05 p.m. Monday, police said.

The burglar stole a flat-screen TV, jewelry, X-Box videogame system, iPad, cell phone and designer handbags, police said.

It is unclear if Cookie, who was wearing tags, was taken or ran away through the front door that was left open.

The Nassau County SPCA, which is offering the reward for the dog’s return, ask anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cookie to call them at 516-THE-SPCA

Seventh Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding the dog or burglary to call them at 516-573-6753 or Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.