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Lady Gaga offers $500,000 reward after dog walker shot and pets stolen

Written by on 25 February 2021

Lady Gaga is understood to be offering a $500,000 reward for the safe return of two of her beloved dogs after her friend was shot as he was walking them.

Ryan Fischer was attacked as he walked the star’s French bulldogs Koji, Miss Asia and Gustav in West Hollywood on Wednesday evening.

Two of Lady Gaga’s dogs, Koji and Gustav, were stolen, while Miss Asia was able to get away and was later recovered.

Mr Fischer survived the attack and is believed to be recovering well.

The singer, real name Stefani Germanotta, is understood to be offering a $500,000 (£353,000) reward to try and get her pets back.

Los Angeles Police Department said Mr Fischer was shot by a male suspect at 9.40pm local time (5.40am on Thursday in the UK). The man fled in a white vehicle, the force said.

A semi-automatic gun was used in the attack and the weapon has not yet been recovered.

Two French bulldogs were taken by the suspect, they added, and the gunman is still at large.

An LAPD spokesman said: “The investigation is still open as LAPD continue their search for the suspect or suspects.”

Lady Gaga was reportedly in Italy for filming when the attack happened. Photos from the scene published by US entertainment site TMZ show police holding a dog, though to be Miss Asia.

The star, who performed at Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, has shared pictures of herself with her pets on social media in the last few years, and as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the US in March 2020 she posted to say she was “hanging at home with my dogs”.

In recent months, animal charities have reported an increase in dog thefts in the UK as demand surged during lockdown.

Sky News has contacted representatives for Lady Gaga for comment.

Anyone with information about the dogs can email KojiandGustav@gmail.com

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