Lady Gaga’s dog walker expected to recover and her dogs have been found

Last week Lady Gaga’s dog walker was held up and shot after an altercation in which two of her French bulldogs were stolen. Gaga offered a $500,000 “no questions asked” reward for the return of her Frenchies while her dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was in the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest. When Ryan was strong enough, he was able to give a description of the two assailants. At one point, Ryan was in critical condition but it is now being said that he will make a full recovery. And to tie this entire story together, Gaga’s bulldogs were returned to her over the weekend by someone who found them tied to a pole in an alley. The person who found Koji and Gustave will receive the $500,000 reward. Here are some updates from People:

“Ryan is receiving extraordinary care in the hospital right now and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery,” the family said in a statement to TMZ. “We cannot possibly say enough to thank all of the first responders, nurses and doctors who have worked so tirelessly to care for Ryan.”

The robbery occurred on Wednesday at about 9:40 p.m. on Sierra Bonita Avenue in Hollywood, according to police.

Fischer was shot one time in the chest, Los Angeles Police Capt. Jonathan Tippet tells PEOPLE, and is now in stable after police said on Thursday that he was in critical condition.

According to Tippet, there are currently two suspects, as described by Fischer.

Both are believed to be Black men between the ages of 20 and 25, and both are at large. The suspects were last seen fleeing the scene in a white four-door Nissan Altima, Tippet says.

Fischer’s wallet was not stolen, and Tippet says the suspects “intended to rob the individual of the dogs.”

Tippet tells PEOPLE that he believes the suspects are “probably individuals that recognize the value of the dogs” and says there’s nothing to indicate that they knew who owned the animals.

[From People]

I am so happy that Ryan will make a full recovery. He literally put his life on the line for Gaga’s babies. Thankfully he was able to give a description of the assailants. I am also glad that Gaga got her babies Koji and Gustave back. However I am side-eyeing the randomness of someone “finding” the dogs tied to a pole. But no questions asked so I am not going to discount it. I am still not convinced that Gaga and her pooches were not the target.

I am glad this story had a happy ending because it really could have gone completely sideways. It’s great that Gaga acknowledged Ryan as a hero. Watching the video of the shooting and dog-nabbing was horrifying. Hopefully, Gaga is also paying for Ryan’s hospital stay. Much love to Koji, Gustave, and Asia (the Frenchie that got away). And hopefully this incident hasn’t been too traumatic for Gaga and Ryan. Who knew being a dogwalker could be such a dangerous job? I’ll make sure to scratch it off my career card.

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  1. Annalise says:

    I mentioned this in another post about Gaga and her dogs; this EXACT same crime happened VERY recently in San Francisco, except the owner walking her dog was pistol whipped not shot and her French bulldog was taken!
    That makes me think Gaga’s dogs getting stolen WAS simply about the breed being so expensive.

  2. Div says:

    Glad he’s going to be okay.

    His family gave a statement to the press in which they thanked the medical team and Gaga, so it’s pretty clear she’s paying his bills (and I think it was also said for any lost work, etc.) as has been reported. And the cops clearly questioned the woman as they said she has no ties, which is basically in line with the fact that even if someone claims “no questions asked” the cops will still ask questions if it is a serious crime. No questions asked is usually to lure out any possible accomplices in addition to hoping someone unconnected may come forward.

    Honestly felt like a lot of people used this story to basically make the worst assumptions about a celebrity they don’t like/bash her (she’s a monster who doesn’t care about a human life, etc.) regardless of the facts about the case, especially since it went against what the victim’s own family said & what was reported about her paying his bills & she tweeted about him.

    I get reasonable criticism of the reward if people thought it was worded poorly, but my god folks wanted to get their pitchforks out for any reason because some of the comments were SO hyperbolic. After the recent pieces on the celebrity gossip industry and women, I thought consumers of gossip were a bit more conscious of this type of thing but apparently not. The viciousness of some people on social media/here was insane, and I’d feel the same if it was a celebrity like Justin Bieber, too, who had a history of being a bad pet owner instead of Gaga. TBF, the mainstream media did a sh*t job of reporting on this too as they made it all about the dogs and not the victim.

  3. Levans says:

    What a lucky find for the woman who is getting the reward!

  4. Willow says:

    Dear Oya, thanks for mentioning Ryan first in the title. I was so impressed and heartbroken watching that video. He fought so hard and hollered the whole time which is likely why help came so fast. And Asia went straight to him when she got loose and stayed right next to him the whole time. And how quickly the neighbors came running to help even after hearing a gunshot. Then the other two dogs being returned safely. I thought, as soon as the thieves heard they were Lady Gaga’s, those dogs would be dead. She probably did to, which is why that reward amount was so irresistible. Still can’t believe it worked. Thanks to Ryan and those neighbors my faith in humanity has been restored a little bit.

  5. Tiffany :) says:

    Because he was shot while walking the dogs, would workers comp be covering his medical expenses?

    • rainbowkitty says:

      Not 100% positive but if he is an independent contractor I don’t think he’s covered by workers comp. I could be wrong, But i think independent contacters are one of the groups not covered.

  6. vonB says:

    Ryan is such a hero for fighting the way he did…& Miss Asia! This hit so close to home.

    Our two pugs got stolen in September. We We know all the pugs in the area & had just taken in in a black geriatric pug with one eye, bless him. A week ago, the mother in law was dog sitting, he got out of the door and fell in the pool due to poor eyesight. He’s fine now…he doesn’t go outside without a companion anymore, tho.

  7. Sayrah says:

    That video was horrifying. Sick people in this world. It’s wonderful he’s going to recover.