Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and two of her French bulldogs were stolen


2021 has already been chaotic and tragic AF and we aren’t even in March yet. The latest in a string of bad news is that Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and two of her Frenchies nabbed. Gaga recently jetted off to Rome to film an upcoming project and she left her precious French bulldogs in her Hollywood home. Gaga’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was out walking three of her bulldogs around 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night when he was approached by at least one gunman. Some words wore exchanged, Ryan was shot several times in the chest and two of the bulldogs were dognapped. Gaga is offering a $500,000 reward for the return of her dogs no questions asked. Currently Ryan, the dog walker, is in critical condition in the hospital but it is said he will recover. Below are more details via TMZ:

Lady Gaga’s dogs were targeted by thieves Wednesday night … thieves who shot her dog walker and stole 2 of her French Bulldogs … law enforcement sources tell TMZ, and we’re told Gaga is offering $500,000 for the return of her dogs, “no questions asked.”

The dog walker had three of Gaga’s Bulldogs out in Hollywood just before 10 PM when one gunman — and possibly more — came upon him. We don’t know what was said, but the dog walker was shot and the gunman made off with 2 of the dogs, named Koji and Gustav.

There are reports there were only 2 Bulldogs being walked with one taken and one escaped that was later found, but our law enforcement sources tell us 3 dogs were being walked and 2 were taken by the gunman. We’re told the 3rd dog had run away but was later recovered.

Law enforcement does not know if the target was Lady Gaga’s dogs specifically. French Bulldogs are in demand and expensive, so our sources say it’s possible the gunman did not know the dogs were owned by Lady Gaga.

[From TMZ]

I am sorry but that reward should not have the “no questions asked” caveat. A man was shot and almost lost his life. I am convinced that the gunmen knew that the dogs belonged to Gaga. Either way I didn’t realize that French bulldogs were so expensive and in so much demand that people would literally kill for them. Also, I find it suspicious that these thieves waited until Gaga left town before trying to nab Koji and Gustave (the dogs). Thankfully Asia, the third Frenchie, was smart and quick enough to get away. Someone had to be watching Gaga’s spot or her dogs. I am sure once Ryan recovers he will be able to identify the assailants. What a horrible incident. Gaga has had to deal with so much these last few years and I hate that this happened to her and Ryan. I am glad that Ryan is ok and one of the dogs got away. I do hope that Koji and Gustav (the dogs with adorable names) are recovered and the perpetrators are brought to justice.

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  1. Noki says:

    The police were not happy about her reward and ‘no questions asked ‘ angle, it is more important to catch the thugs that commited such a heinous crime.

    • Nanny to the Rescue says:

      I kinda understand her – she loves her dogs and just wants them back.

      The police of course have their job to do, and don’t care about the dogs as much, so it’s understandable where they’re coming from, too.

      Speedy recovery to the dog walker!

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      The police were not happy… where did you find that out?

    • Jellybean says:

      If true I can understand their point of view. I love my dogs and I can’t imagine there is anything I wouldn’t do if someone hurt them or tried to take them. But, they shot the guy, you cannot promise to ask no questions, there needs to be justice for her dog walker. I dearly hope the b**tards just dump the dogs on the street and try to disappear. The alternative doesn’t bear thinking about because selling or keeping them is not an option now.

      • Jamie says:

        They will probably kill them to get rid of the evidence honestly. The reward with no questions ask is really the last hope of get them back, hope they are dumb enough to believe it and greedy enough to risk it.

        Also, I don’t think its more important to catch the criminal than saving the victims. Justices is not more important than saving 2 lives. Ideally, we catch the shooter and save the 2 dogs, but when given a choice the right choice should always be save the innocent.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        @Jamie,
        The criminals were willing to KILL A MAN to steal those dogs. I love dogs, but it is more important to catch the people who are willing to KILL A HUMAN in order to steal something. Because people like that have no conscience and will certainly kill again. You SAVE VICTIMS by catching the killers and locking them up before they kill again. I think people lose sight of what’s really important here. And Gaga’s statement of “no questions asked” while a man fights for his life is despicable.

      • DiegoInSF says:

        Human lives are not more valuable than dogs’ lives! Hope she gets the babies back and that Ryan recovers too and that the perpetrators rot in jail!

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Mrs.krabapple
        Huh? Ryan is making a beyond miraculous recovery. The reward wording is to incentivize people to come forward to both find the dogs AND catch the gunmen. The dogs are also easy to identify. It’s a tactic. Not a lack of humanity. People would rather kick up dust to attack someone than see that.
        Ryan is almost weaponized here to attack Gaga because of nitpicking a few words that are the best chance they have to finding the gunmen.

  2. lanne says:

    Are the dogs chipped?

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      No one has said if they were chipped, but I’m sure they were. I’m also betting the cops were somehow rendered useless by the thieves.

    • Spikey says:

      The dogs were unfortunately not chipped according to TMZ posted today.

    • Passerby says:

      @ Jamie and Anyone else w/that mind set

      NO and I do mean NO dog or their life is more valuable than a HUMAN persons’ life. Not even the dognappers lives. That train of thought is what is wrong with the freaking world, especially AMERICA. I have two cat babies and their lives aren’t more valuable than a humans life. WTF is wrong with people. 😒
      Love Gaga, but the wording for the hush money is HORRIBLE. Like who evens? Perhaps this is why a lot of people think that it was an inside job.
      Thankfully Ryan is well, albeit a lot of future PTSD and thankfully her dogs are back home. Hopefully she gets them chipped and anyone reading this will chip their beloved pets. The human race needs to do better. Way better in all aspects.

      Gaga father asked the public to help pay for his employees at a time when most of us were hurting with COVID lockdown, jobless..etc He pulled it after public backlash. Now you have Gaga releasing an ill written hush money offer for the return of the pups. Failing to even mention Ryan. Who TF dose that? I’m starting to think Gaga and (at least) her Father are stupidly out of touch.

  3. Snazzy says:

    Ya, the no questions asked thing is problematic. I understand she wants her babies back, but come on, a man was shot.

  4. Evenstar says:

    The “no questions asked” but shows how little celebrities value their personal assistants. Sorry, but your dogs aren’t more important than the PERSON who got shot.

    • smcollins says:

      Seriously. Lady Gaga has always grated my nerves. She’s very talented, I’ll never dispute that, but her over-the-top performativeness of *everything* is just so exhausting and eyeroll inducing. It’s horrible that her fur babies were stolen, and I feel for her on that front, but a man that *works for her* was almost killed for them. I know she wants them back but what about justice for the person who almost lost his life for them? Perspective, LG.

      • Div says:

        For real? Do you honestly believe in kidnapping, assault, etc. cases when people say “no questions asked” that it is the truth that no questions will be asked. It’s an obvious lie—the cops don’t let people hand over money in these serious situations without investigating it themselves. This isn’t the same as a stolen car.

        It’s a lie to encourage people to come forward. So baffled that people don’t understand this…like truly surprised no one gets this sort of language/reward is to lure the people out. Also, the men were already arrested and the article says Gaga is worried about the guy.

        I guess one can blame the problematic media coverage of this which focuses on the reward but this is also an example of how people reach for their pitchforks slash overreact sometimes. I get reasonable criticism over the reward—she probably shouldn’t have offered one in the first place—but it’s a giant leap from that to “Gaga/LAPD doesn’t care if another human being dies”…esp. since the guys were already arrested.

      • Lemons says:

        @Div, hopefully, the thieves believe as much as some of these commenters and fall into that trap.

      • lucy2 says:

        That’s what I thought too Div, it’s clearly a ploy to get the thieves to out themselves to the cops.
        I get that it sounds terrible, and probably would have been better to say reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) who shot the poor guy and stole the dogs, but I don’t think for a second it would be a true “no questions asked” walk away unscathed situation.

      • Ang says:

        @DIV some people are incredibly stupid and will believe everything at face value without even thinking about other possibilities. Of course they’ll ask questions. And I’m sure she cares about the dog walker and we have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes.

      • Chanteloup says:

        @DIV where does it say the shooter was arrested?
        I looked but didn’t see it

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I agree with Div. The “no questions asked” is bait for the criminals to come forward.

        This is just a crazy and sad crime, and I think some people are using it to work out their hate for Gaga.

      • Dee says:

        Even if the perp or perps don’t out themselves, the reward could get a witness (friend, relative, neighbor) to report something suspicious that leads to the perp.

      • Ange says:

        Mine too, she feels like the sort of person who would suck all the air out of a room. That said I imagine this is a hail mary pass to try and get some movement either way

    • Mac says:

      Gaga is a narcissist. Her wants and needs come before everything, including justice for someone who was shot four times in the chest.

      • Jamie says:

        or maybe possibly saving two lives is more important than justice? Justice is nice, but not at the cause of 2 innocent lives.

        Imagine if they were human babies, would you think it’s more important to catch the criminal and risk them killing the babies to hide the evidence or get the babies back safe and alive first?

      • Evenstar says:

        @Jamie

        I think that question should go to the person who got shot. And the thieves are willing to shoot other people in order to steal animals. It is more important to possibly save the lives of their future (human and non-human) victims than preserve the lives of two dogs. I say this as a vegan who deeply loves animals.

      • FYI says:

        He was shot once. I point that out just to say that this is how misinformation gets spread. “Gaga is a narcissist.” I mean, have you met her?

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        @ FYI — The article states, “Ryan was shot several times in the chest.” There are reports that he was shot 4 times. Your statement “he was shot once” is, itself, misinformation. Shooting someone 4 times in the chest is evidence of intent to KILL. These criminals have to be caught.

      • FYI says:

        @krabapple

        https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/lady-gagas-dog-walker-shot-french-bulldogs-stolen-76113317

        Shot once. And I am mostly responding to the “she’s a narcissist” — the pure fabrication of character slurs against someone for no good reason.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Mac
        Ugh.

  5. Jane says:

    Poor Ryan. The media coverage has focused squarely on Lady Gaga’s dogs and not the person whom the thieves tried to murder to get to them. I didn’t even know his name until reading it in this post as the BBC barely mentioned him in their coverage of the incident. And I can’t help thinking that the thieves will kill the dogs now as they’ll be too high profile to sell on and claiming the reward is too high risk.

  6. Va Va Kaboom says:

    The $500,000 JUST for the return of her dogs, “no questions asked”, is appalling. She only cares about getting her pets back, not justice for her employee left bleeding out on an LA street or the welfare of any future victims.

    The people who can return her dogs are the same ones who shot Ryan Fischer four times in his chest and LEFT HIM FOR DEAD. But if they give her her dogs back she won’t go to the police. Lady Gaga is absolute trash.

    • Anna says:

      Agreed but I’ve felt that way for a long time for valid reasons, no one wants to hear it. Keep on with Gaga love. Sorry not sorry. I feel bad she lost her dogs but I *really really* feel bad that a man almost lost his life after being shot four times point blank in the chest.

    • Div says:

      Well, considering the man’s own family gave an official statement to People Magazine in which they thanked the UCLA medical team and Lady Gaga herself, I doubt she “doesn’t give a sh*t.” It’s been widely reported she’s paying for the guy’s care and is worried about him, too. The cops clearly questioned the lady who returned the dogs, too, so the no questions asked thing was the obvious BS that most of us figured it was.

      Honestly, this is less about Gaga and more about my annoyance that people will be purposefully obtuse/use random sh*t to just bash a celeb they already dislike. It’s especially crazy in this case that randos who don’t know the people are like “she doesn’t care” when the man’s own family thanked her. I’m tired of female celebs being torn down over BS, especially after we just had a wide discourse on this subject. If this was normal criticism, it’d be one thing, but it clearly is not.

      • Passerby says:

        @ DIv

        I love Gaga and still know SHE completely dropped her humanity ball.
        In one of her statements/tweet (can’t remember) she made the comment “I still love you Ryan” (google it if you haven’t read it) Who says that!
        Um yea B, you better “still” love me. I took a bullet for your pups. And yea idc about her maybe covering his medical bills. That’s the bare minimum she could do.
        Once again for those who refuse to get it (doubt you ever will) NO ANIMAL life is more important than an humans life. Like , not ever, under any circumstances. Human life over an animal life 365
        I get human can be sh!te . But who hurt you THAT badly🤍

      • s says:

        She said “I continue to love you Ryan”
        Not “still”.
        She only addressed him publicly after he was reported to be out of danger. I m not surprised her language is a little emotional. .. She’s over-expressive with the language during the best of times.

        I expect Ryan has the same importance to her that Gustavo and Koji have, but she will most likely perceive those little dogs as deserving as much love and concern as human infants. it’s not uncommon for childless and emotive adults to feel as if pets are almost their primary bond. Picking on her for this misfortune is a bit aggressive, I think.

  7. SarahCS says:

    Of course she wants her dogs back but this was attempted murder. I’m very uncomfortable with her reaction.

    • Passerby says:

      @ S

      MYBAD. Not I “still” love you but I “continue “ to love you. The point STILL stands. What was the need to say you continue to love him? Why would you discontinue? He took a freaking bullet. TF.

  8. Lily P says:

    I know this is a traumatic event for all involved but her posting of a reward ‘no questions asked’ completely undermines the experience that Ryan had. His trauma of being potentially killed does not equate to Lady Gaga’s loss of a pet. Lady Gaga once again showing her true problematic (indulgent) self.

    I love my dog to the end of the Earth but there’s no way I would prioritise him over and above the safety and justice of another human being.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    How is a French bulldog (or three) possibly worth murder? I’m seeing they’re maybe priced at $2500 up to $10K at the very high end if they’re really really fabulous (and these are not puppies). Horrible, senseless, cold-blooded crime.

    News outlets weren’t releasing his name because the police didn’t (and there may have been good reasons for that, such as wanting to notify family first or a strategic reason related to the case). Idk about Gaga’s reward — these people need to be caught or they will keep doing this, and frankly they probably killed the poor dogs already as soon as her name got out. But I’m sure she is emotionally distraught right now and not thinking logically (and/or fully intends to trap the criminals with her “no questions asked” & $500,000 as bait).

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree, but sadly people are killed for a lot less every day.

      The whole story is just awful, and I feel so terrible for Ryan Fischer. Shots to the chest and critical condition, he’s not out of the woods yet, and could have serious health issues the rest of his life.

      • Ann says:

        I hope she gives him something to help him financially, since he almost got killed for her pets. I feel badly for her and the dogs, of course, but he is my biggest concern right now. Does he have health insurance? She can afford to help him and should.

    • Chanteloup says:

      Maybe it was less theft than kidnapping, by some scum who knew she would offer a big [half mil!] ransom. Goin’ for the payday, didn’t really want the dogs, didn’t mind shooting Ryan in the chest 4x and leaving him for dead. Scum.

  10. Feeshalori says:

    It would have been better if she posted this reward for the capture of the man who shot her employee. I am an animal lover but attempted murder is the priority here. The no questions asked is appalling.

  11. newmenow says:

    Appalling that most of the coverage of this story focused on the dogs, a human being was shot 4 times in the chest. Lucky to be alive, imagine the trauma this guy will have.
    And LG offers a reward to get the dogs back. The reward should be “Help us find these attempted murderers, my friend is fighting for his life.”

    Yes, she wants her dogs back which is understandable but, a man was shot ffs.

  12. Wiglet Watcher says:

    I’m fine with no questions asked. It only serves as an incentive to come forward. It’s not like blanket immunity and anonymity. The police will still investigate. Lady Gaga has no say on prosecuting for attempted Murder.
    I’m also fine with the focus being on the dogs. Find the dogs, find the thieves. That’s how this crime will be solved. Everything else can be nit picked over later.

    The French bulldogs are stolen often in all states. This was likely randomly and they stole high profile dogs. Unless there was a ransom request I doubt anyone knew they were hers.

  13. FYI says:

    I didn’t have a bad reaction to the “no questions asked” at all. It’s equivalent to Michael Corleone saying it (not that I think she’s a mobster). Seriously, does anyone think she doesn’t have a huge team that would be all over this? Or that she wouldn’t tell the cops who came forward? It’s just something to say to get some greedy idiot to spill a secret. She’s a good person.

    • Div says:

      Even if she is a trash person, it’s obvious the cops and her team will be over it. The guys were already caught, after all.

      I’m just totally shocked that people don’t understand “no questions asked” is an incitement for people to come forward. Do people think in kidnapping, assault, etc. cases when people say “no questions asked” that it is the truth? If they do, they are gullible asf.

  14. Div says:

    The criminals were already caught.

    I’m honestly baffled at people going so harshly at Gaga over this. It’s one thing to be critical, another to act like she just murdered the man herself or thinks his life is worthless. People so eager to get their damn pitchforks.

    If the guy comes out and says Gaga didn’t pay his medical bills, okay, fair enough, but so far all there is is a source in People saying Gaga’s worried about the guy and offering money for the dog’s returns no questions asked. How did that get translated to “trash humans doesn’t give a shit about the guy who was shot?”

    Lastly, do people not realize in serious cases that when they say “no questions asked”…that’s a straight out lie? The cops don’t let this sort of thing pass without investigating if it’s something serous like murder, assault, etc. The no questions asked thing is just to encourage people to come forward.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      I think I read last night no fund was set up for his medical bills because she’s offered to cover them. I was reading this late into the night so I can’t fully remember.

      Everyone got their torches and pitchforks our early for this one.

      • Div says:

        “Everyone got their torches and pitchforks out early”….Exactly this. Sometimes people need to hold back a little before rushing to judgment and/or dial back the hyperbole.

        Honestly, this sort of thing makes me understand why some celebs basically shut down and basically don’t engage with the press slash dislike the press slash hate social media because the worst possible interpretation is often spread. The bizarre thing is there was just a whole thing about how the tabloid media/social media world can be used to bully celebs and/or blow their missteps out of proportion and or lies can be spread…but people forgot about that real quickly to falsely claim Gaga and the LAPD aren’t doing anything for the man. And I’m critical of the LAPD, but come on.

        I’m just glad the criminals were caught and the guy is in stable condition.

      • Ann says:

        Glad to hear she is covering his medical bills, that was a concern. She can afford it. And he will need it as I imagine he’ll have long term issues because of this. I hope not, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

    • FYI says:

      100% agree, Div. Do people think she’s some kind of cold-hearted villain? I don’t get the reaction AT ALL. She has always been wildly supportive of her fans and of worthy causes. Of course she’s paying for his medical care. Do people really think she doesn’t give a crap about the guy?
      But hey! It’s 👏🏾 the 👏🏾 internet! 👏🏾

    • Christine says:

      I agree. What is she supposed to do? In my opinion, the “no questions asked” remark is to help with the safe return of her dogs. Their pictures are being circulated because she is so high profile. What’s to stop someone from killing or dumping the dogs because they, or whoever they were given to for holding, doesn’t want to be caught?

      It was stated pretty early on that she was covering the medical bills for the dog walker so I don’t understand the outrage. Does she really give off the impression that she’s completely heartless? Two crimes were committed here and she’s doing her best to help with the one that’s going to be given the least priority.

    • ClaraBelle says:

      Where are you seeing that “the criminals were already caught”…..not seeing that anywhere, myself.

    • HeyJude says:

      As someone who’s seen a relatives entire life derail and them try to commit suicide multiple times after he lost his dog, which was his best friend and biggest emotional support in the world, I honestly can’t tell people who have a problem with her desperate attempt to get her family members back to buzz the hell off.

      Seriously.

      If these were her children, no one would be saying boo. For some people dogs are just as important to them as that.

      She has no kids, she’s not married, I’d be willing to venture to say her dogs are the most permanent and closest presences in her every day personal life to this point.

      I don’t even like Lady Gaga personally but criticism of her over this is just too damn much.

  15. VIV says:

    I knew that unattended dogs were being stolen for resale, but didn’t realize armed dog robbery was so common. We really need to get the pet sale process under control if people are being shot for dogs. How horrible for Ryan.

  16. FYI says:

    Where are people seeing that the criminals were already caught? I don’t see that anywhere.

  17. Meredith says:

    Off topic and unpopular opinion: French bulldogs are the worst. The breed isn’t even supposed to be around. The female dogs have to artificially inseminated and the need to have a c-section to give birth. I see these dogs everywhere in Seattle and it drives me bonkers. Now that I got that off my chest…

    That said, I’m sure LG loves them like they are her children and I’m sorry she’s going through this. And I hope the dog walker recovers quickly, I can imagine how scary that must have been.

    • Godwina says:

      That’s horrifying. Now I’m even more confused why they’re so popular.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        They’re true designer dogs.

      • Ann says:

        I didn’t know that. My nephew and his girlfriend just got one. I personally don’t get the “designer dog” thing. There are plenty of wonderful pure breeds and mixes, of course. I love dogs, but I’m all for getting them from a shelter if possible. I happen to live where we have a HUGE stray animal problem (Houston), so I wouldn’t feel right paying for a dog here. It might be different in other places.

    • H says:

      I’m a dog walker by profession. Frenchies are horrible dogs. I wouldn’t own one. I have one client whose Frenchie chases me around the house trying to bite my leg. I carry a broom to make sure she doesn’t. (I don’t hit her, just show it to her as she doesn’t like the broom). Dog bit my p/t employee, so I’m the only one who will go to that house now. That breed has to be socialized early and often to avoid aggression.

  18. Feeshalori says:

    I just heard on the news that they’re still searching for the gunmen and this may have been politically motivated because LG sang at the inauguration. What a messed up world!

    • Div says:

      Huh, local news here in L.A. said they made an arrest yesterday. I saw it on TV when I was cooking dinner. They must have been wrong or maybe there is another guy?. I doubt it was political—lots of dog nappings as of late. My guess is they’ll catch the guys, since it’s all on tape including the car.

  19. Feeshalori says:

    I heard this news on the East coast so there may be conflicting reports, who knows. And speculation is running rampant as to the political angle.

  20. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m here for Ryan Fischer. Let’s see his pic.

  21. Veronica S. says:

    “No questions asked” creates an incentive to come forward, which also likely means the person, if greedy enough, will make a mistake in doing so. (How are they going to get that money? A duffel bag dropped somewhere? Police will be all over it.) Frankly, it may be smarter than just saying, “Money dropped off and turn yourself in.” Obviously, the person isn’t going to do that.

    I hope her assistant rehabilitates okay, though. I would think the proper thing if she covered his medical expenses, too.

    • Godwina says:

      I would suspect she is. She’s generally pretty cool about that stuff? and has health problems herself.

      • Veronica S. says:

        Yeah, Gaga can be a little much, but as far as celebrities go, she’s comparatively pretty decent. Her worst misstep has been working with R. Kelly, and she at least apologized for that.

  22. Godwina says:

    Yes, so many questions, but here’ s my main three:

    1. “Three of her bulldogs”? How many damn dogs does she have? Sentence implies more bulldogs were left back at the house (and why weren’t they being walked?)

    2. Agree that Gaga’s message makes it sound like she cares more for the dogs than the man who was shot. How about a reward leading to information/arrest of the shooters?????

    3. I can’t fathom why that particular breed is in demand, and why Gaga has 3 of them (or more).

    • FYI says:

      So, to recap …

      1. You think she should limit the number of dogs that she owns because …. ? And that all should be walked at the same time because … ?

      2. You think she doesn’t give a shlt about her friend? Seriously? You really think her team would do no follow-up on any useful information that came in, to try to catch the criminals?

      3. You think she should have a different kind of dog, and fewer of them.

      Reading some of these comments, I really wonder — why the vitriol against her? I don’t get it at all.

  23. Case says:

    Such a horrific and unreal situation. I’m glad Ryan will recover — such a traumatic experience for him.

    People are acting like “no questions asked” is legally binding or something. Lol! It’s just incentive for people to come forward. It’s a lie. Of COURSE she would report the people who contact her and of COURSE they’ll be investigated. C’mon, let’s not be silly about this.

  24. Annalise says:

    This recently happened in San Francisco. A woman was walking her French bulldog puppy and was attacked by two men with guns who pistol whipped her and just roughed her up in general and took her puppy. There were pics of the owners face, post-attack, and it was appalling.
    https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ny-woman-says-she-was-assaulted-puppy-stolen-san-francisco-20210111-wldlxrcujzaolnbrof5kdlcc2y-story.html?outputType=amp

  25. Jamie says:

    i’m really confused about the response here… I don’t see a problem with lady gaga’s offer. Justice is not worth 2 lives. It would be amazing to catch the shooter but the more important part is to make sure those two little innocent life lives. How is getting justice more important than 2 lives???

    What if it was a Nanny and what’s taken was 2 babies? is catching the shooter more important than getting the 2 babies back alive?

    • Anna says:

      I’m sorry but babies and dogs cannot be compared. And the fact that I know someone will probably come for this statement is even more evidence of how warped things have become.

      • Ann says:

        I adore animals, I have adopted them from shelters for 25 years. Right now we have a dog and a cat (our other dogs and two cats passed away), and I foster and donate too. That said, I agree, a pet’s life doesn’t compare to a human’s. Ideally we protect all creatures of course, but cats and dogs are not aware of their mortality. When we put down our 17 year old dog because she could no longer move at all, I knew we were doing the right thing. I certainly wouldn’t end a human’s life because he/she was paralyzed. It’s not the same.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      I agree Jamie, this is awful, I hope the poor babies are rescued!

    • Passerby says:

      Jamie, we get it. You really think dogs are = to humans. Just because you feel this way doesn’t make it true or right.

      Genuinely asking. If you saw a dog and a kid in a body of water (one to the left and the other to the right) struggling, who would you rescue first?

  26. Rapunzel says:

    Gaga says “no questions asked” but she’s not speaking for the police. Stop being obtuse, people.

    And yes, it would’ve been nice if she said “$500000 reward for capturing the person who shot my dog walker” but that’s not gonna do anything helpful.

    Should the dogs die on top of Ryan getting shot? Gaga was just trying to keep more awful from happening. The police are salty she didn’t consult them, which I can understand. But she’s not heartless for what she did. Stupid maybe, for not checking with police, but not heartless.

  27. kelsey says:

    Some of these comments….

    I doubt she is leaving her dog walker in the lurch and totally abandoning him. If we do hear that later on I will be the first to bring out the pitchforks but in all honesty we have no idea what is going on behind the scenes – if she has contacted Ryan, helping to pay his bills, etc. She would be utterly heartless if she hasn’t.

    Yes she wants her dogs back but guarantee someone will squeal and rat the shooters/kidnappers out for that kind of money. They will get caught. That is one of the reasons why she did it – anyone coming forward to claim the reward will be scrutinized heavily.

    French bulldogs are going for $5,000-10,000. Several designer dog breeds are being targeted for kidnapping. There have been several dog thefts in California only over the past few months because dogs are in such high demand. The criminals clearly were targeting the dogs since the dog walker’s wallet wasn’t stolen.

  28. Amando says:

    I think she is being thoughtless towards the guy who got shot, but I also don’t blame her for just wanting her beloved dogs back.

    • Feeshalori says:

      This, l agree with you, although I’m sure she’ll do more than enough for his medical bills and compensation.

  29. Lunasf17 says:

    This whole situation is so sad! Guess it’s good thing I have mangy mutts. I think designer dogs are dumb and we shouldn’t be breeding dogs while we kill millions yearly in pounds but I hope she finds them and everyone is safe.

  30. Melllen says:

    …What I don’t quite understand, is how sources can confidently report that someone hospitalized in critical condition with gunshot wound(s) to the chest – “will recover.” I feel terrible for the man who was targeted, and it seems like a stretch at this point to assume he is out of the woods, medically-speaking. Also, yikes!

  31. phaedra says:

    Maybe “no questions asked” is a tactic. I know I wouldn’t have a problem lying to someone who shot my dog walker and stole my dogs.

    • Turtledove says:

      I mean, I think it is possible the police TOLD her to make that offer, to lure them out. It’s not like anyone would doubt that LG has the money to do that. If they stole the dogs to sell them, 500k is quite the payday.

  32. L4frimaire says:

    This is such a sad, bizarre story. I really hope the dog walker recovers and the dogs are found. I had no idea, but apparently, there is a rash of thefts of French Bulldogs, and they are stolen a lot, so think this was more about the dogs, not Lady Gaga.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      Dog walker Ryan has been confirmed to make a full and speedy recovery. Breathing on his own. Texting friends that he’s ok.

  33. Poisonella says:

    The poor dog walker- I felt so bad for him. Unfortunately, I don’t have high hopes of the dogs recovery. People are crazy for those dogs- had an acquaintance who didn’t have a pot to pee in and he spent $2,000. on one. The dog died about a year later because it was overbred and had a bunch of medical problems. Then he bought another one! Dummy used his stimulus check! I don’t begrudge GAGA because she has the money and connections to select the best of the breed, but in a way, all these famous people are getting these dogs because they’re popular- then it trickles down to the masses. Then the dogs become status symbols.

  34. Almondbutter says:

    She’ll probably be paying her dogwalker/employee seven figures in compensation, possibly covered by her insurance policies; I’m guessing that’s just how things will go if she doesn’t want a protracted lawsuit at some stage. They will settle on something as he literally took a bullet.

    The $500K, no-questions invite can actually be done. The perps can set up some sort of plan to do an exchange for cash. Eventually they might be caught anyway but the actual exchange, if they are smart enough to come with a solid logistical plan, need not contribute to their eventual catching by law enforcement. She loves her dogs; if I had her money I’d probably do the same and invite the kidnappers to contact my people to arrange something.

    • Almondbutter says:

      Though, just to add, I’m assuming there’s nothing illegal about the no-questions transaction. Don’t know if there are laws against collaborating with kidnappers in the US or in CA. I just pray for those two Frenchies, beautiful dogs.

  35. Feeshalori says:

    I just heard on the news this morning that a woman walked into the police station with the pups unharmed. Reports say she is unrelated to the case and had found them. So that’s a huge relief overall for the animals as well as for Ryan’s recovery. I wonder if she’ll collect that reward.