Woman Says Show Dog Worth Thousands Disappeared From Yard

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Nichole Martovitz says a very expensive show dog disappeared from her Cleveland yard this week.

"It was Wednesday night, and I wasn't feeling well so I let the dogs out and set my alarm," said Martovitz.

That was the last time saw her dog, Zaychik.

"I woke up and noticed that the gate was wide open, it was a good foot open," said Martovitz.

Martovitz said Zaychik is worth thousands of dollars and disappeared from outside her home on Bowers Avenue.

She's afraid someone took him.

"He's very valuable, in more ways than one. He's worth a lot of money, it costs a lot of money to have one shipped here from another country," said Martovitz.

Zaychik is a Brussels Griffon, imported from Russia, and was set for his first show in July.

"I lose it every time I think about what someone is doing to him right now. Because someone doesn't look at him the way I look at him, like a child," said Martovitz.

Martovitz said Zaychik has cropped ears and a docked tail plus an identifying tattoo on his inner thigh.

"A neighbor spotted a man with my dog at the East 55th Street RAPID station. When that neighbor went to confront him, the man took off across the East 55th Street Bridge and headed towards Kinsman Avenue," said Martovitz.

The RTA said Friday they do not have surveillance video of that person.

Meantime, Martovitz and her friends are posting flyers around her neighborhood.

"This is my home, this is my gate. Just pitch him over. I won't ask any questions. I just want my child back," said Martovitz.