We previously reported that Ryan Fischer, Lady Gaga's dog walker, was shot in the chest Wednesday in a burglary targeted to steal Gaga's dogs. The assailants successfully stole two of her French bulldogs, Gustav and Koji, with a $500,000 reward being offered for their safe return.
Fischer's family released a statement obtained by Rolling Stone on the condition of Fischer after the attack.
"Thankfully, Ryan is receiving extraordinary care in the hospital right now and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery. We cannot possibly say enough to thank all of the first responders, nurses and doctors who have worked so tirelessly to care for Ryan.”
Lady Gaga has also put out a statement on her Twitter account Friday evening.
He was said to be in critical condition on Thursday night by the LAPD, according to People.
In an interview with People Magazine, Los Angeles Police Captain Jonathon Tippet confirmed that there are two suspects at large, they are believed to be two men around the age of 20-25. They were last seen in a white sedan driving towards Hollywood Boulevard. Fischer's wallet was not stolen, so it is believed that the robbery was specifically targeted towards the dogs.
The video below obtained by TMZ shows the footage of the robbery.
(WARNING: This video could be upsetting to some viewers.)
It is not uncommon for French bulldogs to be stolen from owners in Southern California. As mentioned in the New York Post, there is a black market pet trade where French bulldogs can be sold for between $1,500 and $5,000.
Last month, Patch reported that Joshua Reneau, 29 and Serenity Gershon, 20 were arrested after attempting to steal a woman's French bulldog at gunpoint. The two parties met up after meeting on Craigslist.
Dr. Fred Pescatore, one of Fischer's friends and former clients, attested that his love for dogs is equal to his love for human beings in an interview with People.
"I just want the world to know the man behind Lady Gaga's dogs, and other people's dogs," Pescatore said. "And this man deserves recognition. He was the one that was shot. He was the one protecting her dogs. And not enough people are focusing on that."
Lady Gaga has opened KojiandGustav@gmail.com, an email address for anyone with information about the case.
We at Gaye Magazine are sending peace and blessings to both Ryan Fischer and Lady Gaga and hope for the safe return of her dogs.