Lady Gaga's two French bulldogs, which were stolen by thieves who shot the singer's dog walker last Wednesday night in Hollywood, were found safe on Friday, according to Los Angeles police. A woman brought the dogs, Koji and Gustav, to the LAPD's Olympic Community Police Station on Friday around 6 p.m., said Capt. Jonathan Tippet, the commanding officer of the department's Robbery-Homicide Division.
Tippet said that Lady Gaga's representative and detectives went to the station and confirmed that they were her dogs. The woman who returned the French bulldogs reportedly appears to be "uninvolved and unassociated" with the robbery," Tippet added.
In a tweet on Friday night, the LAPD said the woman had found Koji and Gustav "and reached out to Lady Gaga's staff to return them." The location where the dogs were found and the woman's identity won't be disclosed for her safety and due to the ongoing investigation.
The "Bad Romance" singer posted about her missing dogs last week and called her dog walker, Ryan Fischer, "a hero." She wrote, "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. I will pay $500,000 for their safe return. Email KojiandGustav@gmail.com to contact us. 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 was offering "half-a-million dollars to anyone who has her two dogs, no question asked, after her two French bulldogs, Koji and Gustav, were stolen. Her rep said that anyone who has the dogs can use the email KojiandGustav@gmail.com “to retrieve the reward.”
The Los Angeles Police Department said that a man was shot during a robbery before 10 p.m. and was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition. According to police, the male suspect took the two bulldogs from the victim, used a semi-automatic handgun and fled the scene in a white sedan.
According to the Daily Mail, the dog walker was shot in the chest four times by two men wearing baseball caps in West Hollywood on Wednesday evening. Lady Gaga’s third puppy, Miss Asia, was reportedly recovered by police.
A rep for the singer, who is currently in Italy filming the upcoming movie Gucci, confirmed the victim was Lady Gaga’s dog walker and the two dogs that were stolen belonged to her.
Lady Gaga announced she adopted a new puppy in 2016, who she later named Gustav. “I'm proud to announce we added a new member to the #JOANNE family 😇 I haven't named him yet but I call him both cowpig and moopig in the meantime!” she wrote in her Instagram caption.
She continued, chose him last moment because my best friend since I was 4 @booconnor Chef extraordinaire of @thepomeroynyc bought him, we didn't want them to be separated!”
The singer posed with her pup Miss Asia on the cover of Harper’s Bazzar in 2014. “She has really shown me the importance of living in the moment,” Lady Gaga said about Asia. “If I don’t, I’ll miss a precious look on her face! She is a very romantic and loving animal, and this sort of poetry is what art is all about, I think. Interaction. She loves to sit with me when I record jazz. She never barks or makes noise; she just looks at me with her big ears.”
During the coronavirus pandemic, dog theft has increased due to the high demand for pets. Many people are seeking companionship by getting a furry friend and prices for dogs have soared as the demand for a quarantine pup continues. Dog owners have dealt with the scary situation of having their pets stolen from them during walks.
In January, a dog was forcefully stolen from a female in Durham Region. Police referred to the incident as a street-level robbery. A female was walking her two dogs and was approached by two suspects. One of the suspects took one of the two dogs before fleeing the area in a SUV that was waiting for them. An arrest was made in the investigation but police are still searching for the second suspect.
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