Lady Gaga Praises Her Dog Walker Who Was Shot by Thieves as LAPD Searches for Suspects

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is calling her dog walker a “hero” after he was shot by thieves, who stole two of the pop star’s pets Wednesday night in Hollywood.

In an Instagram post Friday, the “Poker Face” singer made a public plea for the safe return of her two French bulldogs that were stolen during the robbery.

“My beloved dogs Koji and Gustav were taken in Hollywood two nights ago,” the actress and pop star captioned a photo gallery of the dogs. “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. Email to contact us. Or, if you bought or found them unknowingly, the reward is the same.”

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The singer-songwriter, who is in Italy filming a movie, also praised dog walker Ryan Fischer who was shot as he walked the dogs near Sunset Boulevard.

“I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero,” she added.

According to a press release from the Los Angeles Police Department, Fischer was walking three French bulldogs in the area of Sierra Bonita Avenue and Sunset Boulevard around 9:40 p.m., when he was approached by two men in a four door Nissan Altima.

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The suspects exited the vehicle and demanded the victim turn over the dogs at gunpoint. There was a struggle and Fischer was shot once by one of the suspects. The thieves grabbed two of the dogs and fled. A black French bulldog named Miss Asia was recovered at the scene.

The shooting was recorded by a surveillance camera in the neighborhood.

Dennis Volochkova, who lives nearby, told ABC7 television he heard Fischer screaming and ran to help.

“[I] grabbed some towels from inside, ran out, got to the guy and then he told me right away who he was, who he worked for, whose dogs they were,” he said.

Volochkova took Miss Asia from Fischer as paramedics tended to the victim. “He was holding it so close, he didn’t want to let it go, it was his responsibility, like his baby, it almost felt like I was prying it out of his hands,” Volochkova told the TV station.

Fischer remains hospitalized.

According to media reports, there’s been an increase in dognappings in the area.

On Thursday night, the LAPD released a description of the suspects. One suspect is described as a male black, 20-25 years of age with blond dreadlocks, wearing a black hoodie, and armed with a semi-automatic handgun. The second suspect is described as a male black, 20-25 years of age, wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Marsden and Detective Brown at 213-486-6840. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also go to, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips.”