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Lady Gaga's Father Speaks Out after Her Dog Walker Was Shot and 2 French Bulldogs Were Stolen

Junie Sihlangu
Feb 26, 2021
06:30 A.M.

Some people have targeted Lady Gaga’s dog walker and dognapped the singer’s dogs this week. Now her father has spoken up asking for assistance with finding the culprits.


On Wednesday at around 9:40 p.m., Lady Gaga’s dog walker Ryan Fischer was shot. The incident happened to the now critically-wounded Fischer on Sierra Bonita Avenue in Hollywood.

The suspects then stole the pop singer’s two French bulldogs, Gustav and Koji, and a third one called Miss Asia got away. TMZ obtained footage of the incident showing two people emerging from the backseat of a car.

Lady Gaga at Elle's 25th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration in Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 15, 2018 | Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images 

Lady Gaga at Elle's 25th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration in Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 15, 2018 | Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

The criminals then confronted the dog walker in Gaga’s neighborhood before demanding that he give the pets up. Fischer fought for the dogs and struggled with the suspects, and at one point, he seemed to call out for help.

Then, gunshots were heard, and the dog walker was seen falling. The attackers then grabbed hold of the two French bulldogs, got back into the waiting car, and drove away from the incident scene.


According to a spokesperson, a male suspect who used a semi-automatic handgun has been identified by the Los Angeles Police Department. The man left in the car that went northbound toward Hollywood Boulevard.

The department’s robbery or homicide division is investigating the case after taking over. Gaga’s representative confirmed the incident and revealed that the singer offered a $500,000 reward for reliable information.


Fischer’s former client and close friend, Dr. Fred Pescatore, revealed that the animal handler was someone who "would literally lay down his life" for those in his care. He’s done his work for several years.

The injured man used to walk dogs in New York before moving to Los Angeles around four years back. He actually moved so he could walk Gaga’s pets, according to Pescatore.


The doctor revealed that the dog walker had been incredibly close to the dogs. Fischer, an artist, worked for Pescatore as his personal dog walker for seven years while in New York.

On Thursday, Gaga’s father, Joe Germanotta, said his family was devastated over the incident. He revealed that they felt the whole thing was horrible and that it was like someone took one of their children.

The Manhattan restaurateur also shared that his daughter had spoken with him “several times” about the incident. Gaga is currently filming in Italy, and luckily the third dog was found safe and sound.

TMZ sources claimed Fischer was recovering well after being transported to a hospital late on Wednesday. People with information can use the email KojiandGustav@gmail.com to assist.

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