Scores stripper's two dogs snatched on upper East Side

An upper East Side exotic dancer is cursing the cruel thief who stripped her of her two high-priced pooches in the latest of a spate of canine kidnappings plaguing city pet owners.

Daisy Rojas, 31, a stripper at Scores East, said her dogs, Charles and Darwin, were swiped Saturday night from outside a restaurant where she was eating.

"They're my life. They're everything to me. They're my children," Rojas said of her cuddly best friends, both white Malteses.

Rojas said the dogs were tied to scaffolding with their matching Louis Vuitton leashes outside the Sofrito restaurant on E.57th St. near First Ave.

The brown-eyed brunette said she was in the restaurant for no more than a half hour, but when she returned, the dogs were gone.

Investigators with the 17th Precinct were looking for a potential suspect, a man shown on a security camera playing with the dogs shortly before their disappearance, according to a source at the restaurant.

"We're definitely going to take care of it. We'll find those dogs," said the source. "We are very concerned for the dogs."

Rojas said she and her dogs are well-known in their upper East Side neighborhood and it never entered her mind they could be at risk so close to home.

Rojas showed the Daily News the many pictures of her dogs decorating her apartment, including a portrait painted of her posing with Charles and Darwin. She said she even had the dogs baptized and gave The News a peek of a tattoo she has of her dogs' names.

Rojas paid big bucks for the dogs - $3,500 for one and $4,000 for the other.

"They're the ones that when I'm down and I hold them, I have no worries," said Rojas, adding that her locker at Scores East is festooned with more photos of her pets.

Rojas spent yesterday posting flyers throughout her neighborhood, pleading with the dognappers to return them: "I just want to be positive that I'm going to find them."

Rojas is one of a string of New Yorkers who have recently had their dogs snatched.

Stacey Grant says her Boston terrier Molly vanished last month after she left her beloved animal outside a Brooklyn laundermat for 90 seconds.

Grant got Molly back after shelling out $2,500 to the men she suspected of stealing her.

Bronx nurse Susan Roberti's Yorkie, Mikey, went missing from her front yard last month, prompting her to offer a free trip to Disney World to the person who found the dog.

Mikey was found on Halloween by a construction worker who spotted the dog running up and down the street a few blocks from Roberti's home.

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