Lady Gaga’s dogs stolen at gunpoint
LOS ANGELES: Lady Gaga has offered a reward of $US500,000 for the safe return of two of her dogs, after her dog walker was shot and two of her three beloved French bulldogs stolen.
Los Angeles police said a gunman had taken the dogs and driven away and that another man in his 30s was shot and hospitalised, but they did not confirm their identities.
Celebrity website TMZ reported that the music star has offered the large reward for the return of the two dogs, named Koji and Gustav, “with no questions asked”.
A third dog, Asia, was recovered by police at the scene of the attack, and reportedly later collected by another member of the singer’s staff.
French bulldogs are a coveted and expensive pedigree breed that can sell for thousands of dollars. It was not clear if Lady Gaga’s pets were deliberately targeted.
Publicists for Lady Gaga — real name Stefani Germanotta — did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The star is reportedly in Rome for the shooting of Ridley Scott’s Gucci, in which she plays the Italian fashion icon’s ex-wife, who was convicted of orchestrating his assassination.
Lady Gaga’s dog walker Ryan Fischer was ambushed close to his West Hollywood home and reportedly shot in the chest four times. Disturbing footage has emerged of the shocking incident, which was captured by home surveillance cameras and later obtained by TMZ.
It shows a white sedan pulling up alongside Mr Fischer before two men jump out of the car.
Mr Fischer can be heard screaming, “No! Help me!” as he tries to grab the three dogs.
“Give it up!” one of the attackers yells. The men then wrestle with the injured Mr Fischer before managing to flee with Gustav and Koji.
“Help me, I’ve been shot. I’m bleeding out of my chest,” Mr Fischer is heard saying to a local who rushes to his aid, as he cradles Asia.
“They stole two dogs. They’re Frenchies. They’re Lady Gaga’s dogs.”
Mr Fischer “is thankfully recovering well”, a source has reportedly told TMZ.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that it was not clear if the thieves knew the dogs belonged to Lady Gaga, saying French bulldogs are often targeted because they are in high demand.
The LAPD confirmed the shooting had taken place but said it was too early to know “if it was a robbery” or if anything else was taken.
“The suspects took off in a white vehicle and are still on the loose, a police spokesman said.