By Selina Maycock published
Two of Lady Gaga’s beloved French bulldogs are believed to have been stolen after her dog walker was reportedly shot in the chest four times during an evening walk.
The horrific incident took place on Wednesday night (24th February) when Gaga's dog walker Ryan Fischer, 30, was ambushed in West Hollywood as he walked the singer’s dogs, Koji, Miss Asia and Gustavo, at around 10pm, according to reports by Daily Mail and TMZ.
The suspects are believed to be males, who were reportedly wearing baseball caps. They fled the scene in a white vehicle – a BMW or possibly a Nissan – police said.
Two of the dogs – Koji and Gustavo – were stolen following the attack outside Mr Fischer’s home on Sierra Bonita Avenue and Mr Fischer is in an unknown condition in hospital.
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Video footage from the scene obtained by KABC shows a man on the ground still clinging to one dog, which is reportedly Miss Asia. The victim appeared to be alert and talking to officers, KABC said.
Meanwhile, Gaga’s bodyguard was later seen picking up the saved dog.
It is not yet clear whether the thieves knew the dogs belonged to Gaga or whether they were just targeted because French bulldogs are in demand, Law enforcement officials later told TMZ.
French Bulldogs can typically sell for $1,500-$3,000 each but those with pedigree lines could fetch up to $10,000.
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The LAPD confirmed the shooting but said it was too early to know “if it was a robbery” or what was taken.
A spokesman said, “The victim was taken to a local hospital in an unknown condition. The suspects took off in a white vehicle and are still on the loose.”
Lady Gaga is believed to be working in Italy on a new movie, according to the Daily Mail. And while her representatives have not yet returned a request for comment on the shooting or theft of the star’s dogs, sources have reportedly told TMZ that the 34-year-old is ‘extremely upset’ and is offering a $500,000 reward for the safe return of Koji and Gustavo ‘no questions asked’.
Anyone in possession of the dogs has been asked to use the email KojiandGustav@gmail.com to retrieve the award, according to the outlet.
Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.
Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.
Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.
Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'
In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.
When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.
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