It’s every dog owner’s nightmare.
An East Village woman entrusted her beloved pooch to a neighborhood dog walker while she was on a business trip — and he lost the pet in the cold, she told The Post on Tuesday.
“I’m absolutely devastated. I want my dog back. I seem like I’m holding it together, but I’m not. I’m on the verge of a complete breakdown,” said Morgan Bogle, 33, who owns a vegan fashion company.
Bogle said she trusted her longtime dog walker to care for her sweet pit bull mix, Sugar — a rescue animal she adopted in The Bronx four years ago — while she flew to London on business last week.
But the man flipped out while she was away, kicking the front door of her apartment Monday while shouting and swearing, witnesses said.
“He was screaming, ‘F–k you! Let me in the f–king house now!’ ” a witness said, adding that Sugar was nowhere in sight.
“He seemed manic . . . I told him, ‘You’re acting like a lunatic.’ He was muttering stuff, but it wasn’t coherent at all,” the witness said.
A neighbor texted Bogle, and she sent a friend to the dog walker’s apartment. The pal spotted the man hiding behind a trash can outside and “acting strange,” Bogle said.
She said the pal called police, but they found no sign of Sugar.
The dog’s collar and sweater were discovered inside the apartment — but the walker had no explanation as to where she was, Bogle said.
“I realized it was going to be 7 degrees outside and that Sugar was nowhere to be found . . . I just want my dog back home,” Bogle said.
Bogle quickly flew home, and she and friends have been posting dozens of lost-dog posters around the neighborhood offering a “reward for safe return.”
She said she has had the same dog walker for three years and never had any trouble.
One neighbor called him a fixture in the neighborhood.
Bogle, who runs the animal-friendly fashion company Freedom of Animals, is offering a $5,000 reward.
Anyone with information should email her at findsugarNYC@gmail.com.
Sugar also goes by “Shugy” and is friendly with people, she said.