#Update: Gustav and Koji, Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs that were violently stolen from dog walker Ryan Fischer have been returned safely!
The LAPD said a woman (not named) met the entertainer’s staff and detectives at the Olympic Community Police Station with the animals
The woman’s identity and the location the dogs were found will remain confidential due to the active criminal investigation and for her safety.
The LAPD also updated the condition of Ryan Fischer, saying he was “stable” with injuries non life-threatening injuries.
KABC quotes a representative for Gaga saying that Fischer is being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Fischer is in stable condition, according to a police statement Thursday evening that also describes the two suspects in the robbery as between 20 and 25 years old.
Gaga is filming a movie in Italy but on Friday, she spoke out about the attack for the first time, in an Instagram post.
“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 [email protected] 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.”
Brandi Hunter, vice president of public relations and communications at the American Kennel Club says,
“Smaller breeds are more appealing for theft, and French bulldogs are wildly popular right now. The demand for the breed is higher than the supply so they are often a more targeted breed.”
The breed’s size makes it a relatively easy target. According to the AKC, Frenchies can weigh up to 28 pounds and don’t grow more than a foot in height.
Dog trainer Victoria Stilwell says,
“They’re just easy to access; they’re easy to grab. So if people leave their dogs of any breed in the front of backyard, unattended, that’s an easy grab.”
French bulldog puppies can fetch between $1,500 and $5,000 or even higher, Hunter said– a restrictive price range for many prospective French bulldog owners.
Gaga’s fans have expressed their sorrow about the attack on social media. One fan wrote on Gaga’s post,
“So sorry to read this. I hope your babies are back with you soon.”
The investigation is ongoing. the LAPD’s statement says,
“Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division, Robbery Special Section, are seeking the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the identification and arrest of violent street robbery suspects,”
(Photos, Instagram; via CNET)