2/26/21 UPDATE: On Friday afternoon, Lady Gaga posted about her “beloved dogs” that had been taken.
“My heart is sick and I am praying my family will be whole again with an act of kindness,” she wrote on Instagram, thanking canine walker, Ryan Fischer. “I will pay $500,000 for their safe return. Email [email protected] to contact us. Or, if you bought or found them unknowingly, the reward is the same.“
Lady Gaga‘s canine — Gustav and Koji — are nonetheless lacking, and he or she’s “praying” for his or her return in addition to a speedy restoration for her buddy and canine walker, Ryan Fischer, who was shot. Fischer, by means of his household, has damaged his silence about the ordeal.
“Ryan is receiving extraordinary care in the hospital right now and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery,” his household instructed TMZ on Friday. “We cannot possibly say enough to thank all of the first responders, nurses and doctors who have worked so tirelessly to care for Ryan.”
They went on to thank Gaga, saying she has “shown nothing but non-stop love and concern for Ryan and our family right from the outset. Ryan loves Gustavo and Koji as much as Lady Gaga does; so we join in her plea for their safe return.”
Gaga, overseas in Rome engaged on the Ridley Scott movie Gucci, “is beside herself about this situation,” a supply near the singer/actress instructed Entertainment Tonight. “Ryan is not only her dog walker, but also her friend. She is horrified that this happened.”
Fischer was strolling the canine on a sidewalk in Hollywood at 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday when a white Nissan Altima pulled up, two males acquired out and demanded he surrender the French bulldogs. Fischer struggled with the suspects, was shot and left screaming in ache on the sidewalk, whereas Gustav, also called Gustavo, and Koji had been stolen. Gaga’s different Frenchie, named Asia, managed to flee.
A photograph of Koji, Gustav (who’re nonetheless lacking) and Asia shared by a Gaga fan web site:
“Her dogs are her babies and she is completely devastated and sickened by this,” the ET supply stated of Gaga’s pets, for whom she’s providing a $500,000 reward.
And being round the world is tough, little question particularly in a pandemic, rendering her unable to hop on a airplane and fly house.
“She feels somewhat helpless because she is far away in Italy, but is doing everything she can and praying for Ryan, Koji and Gustav,” the ET supply added.
The crime is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division, and there at the moment are descriptions of the suspects. Suspect 1 is described as “a male, Black, 20-25 years of age, blond dreadlocks, wearing a black hoodie and armed with a semi-automatic handgun.”
The sufferer struggled with the suspects & was shot as soon as. The suspects took two of the three canine & fled the scene.
Suspect-1 is described as a male black, 20-25 years of age, blond dreadlocks, carrying a black hoodie, and armed with a semi-automatic handgun.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) February 26, 2021
Suspect 2 is described as a “male, Black, 20-25 years of age, wearing dark clothing.”
Suspect-2 described as a male black, 20-25 years of age, carrying darkish clothes.
The proprietor of the stolen canine was recognized to be the superstar generally known as “Lady Gaga.”
The sufferer is in secure situation.
If anybody has movies/photographs of this incident e-mail [email protected]
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) February 26, 2021
The LAPD had additionally shared an replace on Fischer’s medical standing. He was in crucial situation when transported to the hospital, however he is now in secure situation.
The LAPD is asking anybody with movies/photographs of this incident e-mail is requested to e-mail [email protected] Anyone with data concerning the incident is urged to name (213)486-6840 or anonymously share suggestions at lacrimestoppers.org.
Gaga is providing a $500,000 reward to anybody who has her two canine, no questions requested. The e-mail to succeed in out is: [email protected]
One graphic and very disturbing video of the violent incident has surfaced. It’s a surveillance video from a neighbor’s house and was solely launched after Gaga’s workforce gave the OK in hopes it will assist catch the shooter and produce house her canine.
Fischer, who has lengthy cared for Gaga’s pets, screamed repeatedly after being ambushed and instructed to “give it up,” apparently referring to the three canine. After a scuffle, you could possibly hear the gunshot and extra screaming — in addition to yelping as two of the canine had been stolen. Fischer was then left on the sidewalk pleading for assist from neighbors, who got here to his assist. He is heard telling one which the canine had been taken, saying they belonged to Gaga, however he was clearly in lots of ache.
An LAPD supply instructed TMZ it’s extremely seemingly Gaga’s canine had been focused due to her superstar standing. That’s as a result of Fischer was simply taking a fast night time stroll with them. Also, it was darkish. If it was a random hit to seize the beneficial breed of canine, it will be arduous to even decipher the breed in the low gentle.
It was no secret that Fischer walks Gaga’s canine although. He usually shares movies and photographs of them on Instagram. He’s even taken them to the bustling The Grove in Los Angeles for a Christmas portrait with Santa. Gaga usually reshares his photographs or tags him in her personal posts. She additionally has an Instagram account for Asia, sharing photos of her a number of canine.
Fischer’s shut buddy Dr. Fred Pescatore was interviewed by ET and stated Fischer moved to L.A. 4 years in the past, from NYC, particularly to stroll Gaga’s canine. He stated he is “amazing” at his job and caring of all the animals underneath his care, which has additionally included Oprah Winfrey’s canine.
“[He was] incredibly close to them. Incredibly,” Pescatore stated. “I mean, would do anything for them. It’s just heartbreaking and I know he must’ve been absolutely trying to protect them. … He would literally lay down his life for any one of our dogs and I certainly hope that that was not the case this time.”
Pescatore added, “He was amazing at it. He could get them to do anything he wanted. He would send you videos whenever you were away. He really took care of those dogs like they were his children and they were, I mean, he was unbelievable — kind, kind, gentle man. Very kind and gentle soul. He was actually really an artist and he was actually leaving. He was actually leaving the profession in just a few months. He was wrapping up his gig with Gaga and leaving to go and do his artist thing.”
As Fischer recovers, getting the canine again is the massive focus. The TMZ report said that no one has been in contact with Gaga or her reps demanding fee for them. Further, the canine aren’t chipped.
There has been some criticism that her $500,000 reward may make superstar pets a goal by thieves. An ex-FBI agent told the Daily Mail, “It’s always been an option for opportunistic criminals. But… paying, no questions asked, can open up a Pandora’s box of sorts. She should give the investigation a chance. After all, the dogs notwithstanding, a human being was shot.”
Gaga hasn’t publicly spoken about the taking pictures and theft. Hours earlier than the incident, she was spotted going into her lodge in Rome, the place she’s been staying whereas engaged on Gucci. And a rep for Lady Gaga has not responded to our request for remark.
Her grandmother, Angeline Germanotta, adopted her father in talking out about the theft although, saying, “It’s a cruel world we’re living in. I’m praying this young man recovers, and I hope the dogs are found safe and in good health.”
Celebrities are displaying assist, together with Martha Stewart, who shared a picture of her personal Frenchies, writing that “Creme brûlée and Bete Noire are very very unhappy as am I about the dog napping … and the shooting of the dog walker. We send our best wishes and hope that the dogs are found and the walker recovers swiftly.”
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