As Lady Gaga’s dog walker was out with the singer’s three pups — Koji, Gustav and Miss Asia — late in the night on Wednesday, February 24, in Los Angeles, he was reportedly shot and rushed to the hospital.
Ryan Fischer was shot in the chest four times on North Sierra Bonita Avenue in West Hollywood by two men wearing baseball caps, according to the Daily Mail. The men reportedly stole two of Gaga’s three French bulldogs — Koji and Gustavo. Miss Asia was able to escape and was recovered by authorities.
The outlet reports that Fischer was conscious when first responders arrived on the scene, but he had to be rushed to the hospital as he was struggling to breathe. He is now said to be “recovering well” after being ambushed.
Gaga is offering a $500,000 reward to anyone who can return Koji and Gustavo. “No questions asked,” according to TMZ.
Hours before the alleged incident, the “Bad Romance” singer was spotted in Italy, where she is currently filming her upcoming movie, Gucci. Gaga debuted her new brunette locks for the role of Maurizio Gucci’s ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani, in the fashion-focused film. Jared Leto, Al Pacino and Adam Driver are slated to star alongside Gaga.
The 34-year-old singer has shared snaps of her adorable furry friends with her fans for years on social media. In 2014, she even posed with Miss Asia on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. “She has really shown me the importance of living in the moment,” she gushed about her pup, calling Asia as an “inspiration.”
Gaga continued: “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.”
In 2015, Miss Asia appeared in a Coach campaign for “Coach Pup.”