This could be a sad new trend, ransom for kidnapped dogs? Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs were stolen on Wednesday evening on Sierra Bonita Avenue in Hollywood. The most terrifying part of the story is that the dog walker was shot with a semiautomatic gun. According to the LAPD, two suspects exited their vehicle (probably a white Nissan Altima) and demanded the victim turn over the dogs at gunpoint. The dog walker struggled with the suspects and was shot once. The suspects took two of the three dogs and fled the scene in the car. The LAPD has even a description of one of the suspects.
Lady Gaga, who was not in town but away in Italy and working on the new Ridley Scott movie, was reportedly very distraught when she learned the news. She is now offering $500,000 for the return of her two dogs, no questions asked, and she has even set up an email account using the names of her two dogs, KojiandGustav@gmail.com, that anyone who has the dogs can use to retrieve the reward.
Dog walker Ryan Fischer was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and fortunately, he is, reportedly, ‘recovering well’ but other sources are saying he is still in critical condition. TMZ has the video of the scene, captured by a surveillance camera, it’s truly horrific, and it shows how much the dog walker fought to protect the dogs.
This cannot be a coincidence, these men knew these dogs were Lady Gaga’s pets. Like everyone, I obviously hope that Ryan makes a full recovery and that the dogs are returned safely, however, Gaga is receiving some harsh criticism for offering half a million dollars for her dogs. She is criticized for looking more concerned about getting her dogs back than catching the attempted murderers of her dog walker. People are not happy about her ‘no question asked’ and, according to the DailyMail, former FBI Agent Frank Montoya Jr is criticizing Gaga’s decision, saying that ‘her reward has not only put the LAPD’s investigation at risk but opened up a market for criminals to start stealing celebrity dogs and returning them for high ransoms.’
I understand Lady Gaga’s distress, if anyone had kidnapped my pet, I certainly would be very upset, and would do anything to get him or her back, although obviously unable to offer such a reward. Still, comments like this or this or this are stupid, I am certain Lady Gaga is also very worried about Ryan who got shot, anyone would.
This story sets a precedent, who is going to walk celebrities’ dogs now? It’s a very risky job, so risky you can lose your life.
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