NORTH BELLPORT - Police are searching for the gang of armed men who tried to barge into a North Bellport home, killing a dog in the process.

Police say four or five guys tried to enter a home on Montauk Highway near Doane Avenue around 3 p.m. yesterday.

According to officials, the four people inside the home tried to push the door back, but the criminals sprayed some sort of chemical.

Police say the family dog then ran outside and was shot to death by the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.