Lady Gaga’s dogs have been recovered safely.
Her two French bulldogs, which were stolen in a horrifying incident late Wednesday, were returned unharmed Friday, Los Angeles police reported. A woman “uninvolved and unassociated” with the crime turned the dogs in at LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station.
After visiting the station, Lady Gaga’s reps and detectives confirmed that the dogs were indeed hers. Insiders told TMZ that the singer, who is currently shooting for a film in Rome, cried “tears of joy” when she heard the news.
At around 9:40 pm on Wednesday, two men jumped out of a sedan and attacked Lady Gaga’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, who was out on a stroll with her dogs Koji, Gustav and Miss Asia. They shot Fischer in the chest and made off with the first two, while Miss Asia luckily escaped.
A source told TMZ that the woman who returned Lady Gaga’s dogs appears to be a good samaritan and claims she found the dogs and brought them in.
After the theft, Gaga announced a reward money of $500,000 for the safe return of her pooches, “no questions asked”. It remains unclear if the woman will be awarded the promised sum.
Meanwhile, the LAPD is continuing with its investigation as the shooters are still on the loose.
Lady Gaga lauds dog walker Ryan Fischer for his bravery
After the dog theft, Lady Gaga took to Instagram to post about her beloved pets, announcing the hefty reward money.
“My beloved dogs Koji and Gustav were taken in Hollywood two nights ago,” she began. “My heart is sick and I am praying my family will be whole again with an act of kindness. I will pay $500,000 for their safe return. Or, if you bought or found them unknowingly, the reward is the same.”
“I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero.”
Lady Gaga’s father, Joe Germanotta, also spoke about the brazen attack. “We are hoping for an act of kindness so we can get the dogs back,” he told CNN. “We are upset about [the dog walker]. It’s very appalling that someone would shoot somebody to steal some dogs. Hopefully, they’ll be caught so we can get the dogs back safely.”