Lady Gaga Statement After Dog Walker Shooting and Dog Theft
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On Friday night, Lady Gaga’s dogs were found safe after a pair of thieves stole two of her French bulldogs and shot her dog walker, Ryan Fischer, on Feb. 24. The dogs were recovered unharmed on Feb. 26, Los Angeles police said, according to the Associated Press. Two days after the attack, a woman who appeared to be “uninvolved and unassociated” with the incident brought the dogs to the LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station.
Earlier today, the singer — who is currently in Italy filming the upcoming Gucci movie — released a statement on social media asking for the safe return of her “beloved dogs Koji and Gustav,” and praising Ryan for his heroic efforts.
“My heart is sick and I am praying my family will be whole again with an act of kindness.”
“My heart is sick and I am praying my family will be whole again with an act of kindness,” Gaga wrote on Instagram. “I will pay $500,000 for their safe return. Email KojiandGustav@gmail.com to contact us. Or, if you bought or found them unknowingly, the reward is the same. I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero.”
Gaga’s dad, Joe Germanotta, spoke with the New York Post on Thursday and released a statement of his own, saying, “We’re just sick over it, it’s really horrible. It’s like someone took one of your kids.”
Ryan was walking the singer’s dogs in LA on Wednesday night when he was shot in the chest during the robbery. According to People, he is now in stable condition and is breathing on his own. Ryan is expected to make a full recovery.