Hilary Duff and George Lopez are helping the owner of a Beverly Hills boutique find her stolen dog. Charlie, a white Maltese, is known by locals for sitting outside Switch, the boutique owned by Julia Cohen and her sister. In the last nine years, he’s become a sort of four-legged landmark for people shopping in his neighborhood. “Charlie’s a staple here,” Duff told KABC. “Everyone in Beverly Hills knows him. He sits outside the front of the store. He never ventures too far to the left, to the right.”
But as of a few days ago, Charlie is no longer waiting outside of Switch for customers. According to surveillance video, he was taken away by a woman dressed in yellow, followed by a young girl. The video shows the woman following Charlie until he turns a corner, then coming back with him in her arms.
Cohen desperately wants her friend back, and she’s willing to pay $5,000 to get him back. She says that she’ll even pay the money to the person who took him. She originally offered $2,000, but the reward has increased since Charlie first disappeared.
Naturally, many dogs go missing at any given time. Fortunately, Cohen and Charlie have famous friends who can help get the word out. Duff and Lopez have taken to their Instagram feeds to let everyone know about the missing pup. Plus, of course, the reward for Charlie’s return. “We’re trying to find him,” Lopez told KABC. “So Hilary Duff’s got one side of the town covered and George Lopez, I’ll throw it out to the other side of the town.”
With both sides of Los Angeles covered (plus a sizable reward), Charlie may have a good chance of coming home at last. Anyone who has any information about Charlie’s whereabouts is asked to call Switch boutique at (310) 860-1650.
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