One of six plastic bulldog sculptures installed in time for West Hollywood's annual L.A. Pride festival has gone missing.
The 9-foot-tall, 200-pound pink and red sculptures by Belgian artist William Sweetlove were commissioned by the city of West Hollywood's Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission and were supposed to be sitting pretty in public, tennis shoes on their front paws, until at least August:
But one unlucky pooch apparently went missing by late Monday, the Weho News reported. Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Bowman told the publication the dog was snatched “because it wasn't chained to anything.”
The dog was with his fellow sculptures on a Boys Town median on Santa Monica Boulevard.
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Authorities are reportedly looking for security video from local businesses to see if they can find out who took off with the valuable artwork.
One city official told LAist that if anyone knows where it might be, they can call 310-855-8850 to drop a dime.
We assume the other sculptures will now be locked down.
[Update at 1:33 p.m.]: Andrew Campbell of the West Hollywood Economic Development Division says the artist has put up a reward for the safe return of the pink bulldog — a smaller sculpture of a frog.
Does that mean if someone who took the bulldog and returned it would be off the hook with the cops? It's not clear. Campbell:
We're working under the assumption that it was a prank and someone may not have realized what they were doing after a night of partying. We'll take it as a prank. But if it doesn't come back, they're being investigated.
The sheriff's department, he noted, is on the case.
So will the rest of the bulldogs now be bolted down? Not so fast. Campbell says the works were installed per the artist's orders. City officials are not working with Sweetlove to see if there's a way to bolt down the dogs that would be amenable to him, Campbell said.