Both Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs have been recovered unharmed after being robbed during a violent street robbery Wednesday night.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, a woman brought the dogs to the LAPD Olympic Community Police Station on Friday around 6 p.m. PST, and Gaga’s representatives were available to confirm they were the mascots. from the singer. The identity of the woman and the location where the animals were found will remain confidential due to the active criminal investigation and for her safety, police said.
It is not clear how the woman came to be in possession of the dogs, but law enforcement sources told TMZ they believe she is a Good Samaritan who was not involved in the theft of the animals.
What happened to Lady Gaga’s dog walker?
On Wednesday night, a suspect shot and wounded Lady Gaga’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, and stole two of her three French bulldogs, Koji and Gustav. The third dog, Miss Asia, was not taken. The robbery occurred in Hollywood at approximately 9:40 p.m. PST, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, and the suspect used a semi-automatic handgun and fled the scene in a white four-door Nissan Altima.
Horrifying home surveillance video obtained by TMZ shows a man jumping out of a car and confronting the dog walker, saying, “Give it up.” The men fight and a gunshot can be heard, as can the cries of a dog and the panicked cries of the injured victim. “Help me, they shot me. They shot me,” he yells as he lies on the ground. “Oh my God.” A neighbor may have a hard time helping Fischer.
Fischer is in stable condition with injuries described as non-life threatening, according to a police statement Friday night. Police describe the two robbery suspects as between 20 and 25 years old.
Lady Gaga’s reaction to crime
The singer herself is filming a movie in Italy (see below for details), but on Friday, she spoke about the attack for the first time, in an Instagram post.
“My heart is sick and I’m praying that my family will be complete again with an act of kindness,” Lady Gaga posted, along with a photo of the dogs. Offered a $ 500,000 reward for the safe return of pets.
Gaga continued to praise the injured dog walker, writing, “I still love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You will always be a hero.”
Why would someone steal French bulldogs?
In short, they are valuable and in demand. Puppies generally sell for between $ 1,500 and $ 3,000, but they can sell for much more. This is not the first time that French bulldogs, known as Frenchies, have been stolen. In November, it was reported that two French bulldogs were stolen from the backyard of a residence in Daly City, south of San Francisco. And last month, a San Francisco woman reported being violently assaulted and having her 6-month-old French bulldog stolen.
French bulldogs have large ears, large square heads, and compact muscular bodies. The American Kennel Club describes the breed as “one of the most popular small dog breeds in the world, especially among city dwellers. The Frenchie is playful, alert, adaptable, and completely irresistible.”
Where is Lady Gaga now?
The interpreter is currently in Rome, filming the new movie Gucci, about the famous family dynasty of fashion. Lady Gaga plays Patrizia Reggiani, an Italian socialite and ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci, grandson of Gucci founder Guccio Gucci. Reggiani was tried and convicted for orchestrating her husband’s murder in 1995. Maurizio had two daughters with Reggiani, but left her for another woman. Ridley Scott will direct the film, which is based on Sara Gay Forden’s book The House of Gucci: a sensational tale of murder, insanity, glamor and greed.
Her fans have used the singer’s social media accounts to express their regret for the attack.
“I’m so sorry to read this. I hope your babies will be back soon,” wrote a fan in an Instagram image of Gaga and her dogs.
The singer’s father, Joe Germanotta, spoke to the New York Post.
“We are fed up with it, it is really horrible,” said Germanotta. “It’s like someone took one of your children.”
Who is the injured dog walker?
According to the New York Post, Ryan Fischer, 30, recently moved to Los Angeles from New York. One of her Instagram pages, Valley of the Dogs, features photos of what appear to be Gaga’s dogs, as well as many other canines.
The investigation continues. “Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery and Homicide Division, Special Robbery Section, are seeking the public’s assistance in providing any information leading to the identification and arrest of violent street robbery suspects,” says the LAPD statement.