By JENNIFER SMITH and JAMES GORDON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
HOLLYWOOD — Lady Gaga said on Friday that her ‘heart is sick’ after two of her French bulldogs were stolen at gunpoint in Hollywood on Wednesday.
Making her first comments on the seizure of the dogs, the pop singer said on her social media accounts that she would pay $500,000 for the safe return of the dogs, including from anyone who had bought or found them.
‘My beloved dogs Koji and Gustav were taken in Hollywood two nights ago. My heart is sick and I am praying my family will be whole again with an act of kindness,’ Gaga posted on her Twitter and Instagram accounts, alongside photos of the dogs.
‘I will pay $500,000 for their safe return. Email KojiandGustav@gmail.com to contact us,’ Gaga said on Friday afternoon.
The singer praised the dog walker, 30-year-old Ryan Fischer, saying he ‘risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero.’
The two dogs were seized when the person walking them in a residential area in Hollywood on Wednesday night was shot after a car pulled up alongside him and two men demanded at gunpoint that he turn over the animals, police in Los Angeles said in a statement.
The dog walker was shot once by one of them, and the men drove off with two dogs. A third escaped and was later found by police.
Earlier on Friday, harrowing new footage emerged of the moment Fischer was shot in the street by assailants who then snatched her beloved pets and left him writhing in pain in the street.
The video was taken on a neighbor’s doorbell camera near West Hollywood’s Sierra Bonita Avenue where Ryan Fischer, Gaga’s friend and dog walker, was walking with her three dogs, Koji, Gustav and Miss Asia, when he was suddenly attacked in the street at 10pm on Wednesday night.
They shot him once in the chest with a handgun, snatched Koji and Gustav and fled. Miss Asia evaded them initially then, once they had fled, ran back to Fischer as he lay on the ground, screaming: ‘Help! I’ve been shot!’
Gaga is in Rome filming a new movie. When she learned that her dogs had been snatched, she immediately offered a $500,000, ‘no questions asked’ reward which law enforcement experts have criticized. They say it may not only jeopardize the investigation but also create a market for opportunistic criminals to target and kidnap celebrity pets then return them for handsome rewards. (AI/MailOnline courtesy)