Popular ‘Hugging Dog’ in NYC now homeless after Christmas Day fire


A beloved dog in New York known for giving hugs could use a hug herself right now. 

A fire ripped through her owner’s Chelsea apartment on Christmas Day, leaving them and several residents homeless.

Instagram famous Louboutina and her owner Cesar Fernandez Chavez were out for a stroll when the fire ripped through the building.

“That’s not usually the time I walk her but I was like, ‘hey girl, let’s go for a walk to CVS.’ And thank God I did that,” Chavez said.

They lived next to the unit where the fire began. All the belongings he was able to save fit inside a few plastic bags.

Back in the fall, Loni Edwards’ Internet famous pup Chloe the mini frenchie died in a rare medical accident during a routine procedure at a local animal hospital. Still grieving, Edwards started a GoFundMe page for Louboutina and Chavez to help get them back on their feet.

So far over $46,000 has been raised.

“It really means a lot,” Chavez said.

Chavez and Louboutina will be in a hotel for the next two nights. He isn’t sure where they’ll go after that. Chavez said he knows Louboutina will at least be by his side.

“It’s everything I need actually,” he said.

If you’d like to donate and help Louboutina and Chavez, you can visit their GoFundMe page here.

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