Lady Gaga’s dogs found safe
Published: 03:37 PM, 27 February 2021
Lady Gaga had offered $500,000 (£359,000) for their safe return. Photo: Collected
Lady Gaga's two stolen French bulldogs, which were stolen at gunpoint in Hollywood, have been found safe and handed in to police.
Both of the dogs named Koji and Gustav have been "reunited" with the singer's representatives, Los Angeles police said.
Two men shot Lady Gaga's dog walker Ryan Fischer and abducted the dogs in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on Wednesday night. Ryan Fischer is in hospital now and his family said on Friday that he was expected to make a full recovery.
Details of how the dogs were recovered are unclear. The Associated Press said a woman had brought them to the Olympic Community Police Station in LA and the singer's representatives had confirmed they were hers. The woman appeared to be "uninvolved and unassociated" with the robbery, a police spokesman said.
Lady Gaga had offered $500,000 (£359,000) for their safe return but it is not clear if the reward has been claimed.
The star - whose real name is Stefani Germanotta - is currently in Rome working on a new Ridley Scott film, Gucci. In her first public reaction to the attack, Gaga tweeted on Friday: "My heart is sick."
"I am praying my family will be whole again with an act of kindness. I will pay $500,000 for their safe return."
And in another Twitter post, the singer wrote: "I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You're forever a hero."
Gaga is known to be extremely protective of her dogs, who have accompanied her to the American Music Awards and her 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Footage has emerged showing one of the suspects firing at Fischer before making off with the dogs - Koji and Gustav. A third bulldog named Miss Asia ran away and was later recovered by police.
The dog walker was shot in the chest, according to reports in US media.
Police said the attack took place at about 21:40 local time on 24 February, in the area of Sierra Bonita Avenue and Sunset Boulevard.
"The suspects approached the victim in a white Nissan Altima four door. Two suspects exited the vehicle and demanded the victim turn over the dogs at gunpoint," the LAPD said in an updated statement on Friday.
"The victim struggled with the suspects and was shot once by one of the suspects. The suspects took two of the three dogs and fled the scene in the suspect vehicle."
The statement said "the victim is in stable condition", and the two suspects are described as black males aged 20-25.
It is not clear whether Lady Gaga's dogs were specifically targeted in the attack.
No arrests have been made.