Lady Gaga offers $US500,000 reward after dog walker shot, pets stolen

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Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and two of the singer’s French bulldogs were stolen in Hollywood during an armed robbery, police said.

The dog walker was shot once on Wednesday night and is expected to survive his injuries, according to Los Angeles Police Captain Jonathan Tippett, commanding officer of the department’s elite Robbery-Homicide Division. The man was walking three of Lady Gaga’s dogs at the time, but one of the animals escaped.

Lady Gaga, pictured performing at President Joe Biden’s inauguration last month, has offered a reward for the return of her dogs.Credit:AP

Tippett said that the dogs belonged to pop star Lady Gaga, who has been in Rome filming a movie. It’s not yet clear if the dog walker was targeted because of his celebrity client, the captain said.

Police were initially called to North Sierra Bonita Avenue around 9.40pm on Wednesday following several 911 calls reporting a man screaming and the sound of a gunshot, said Captain Steven Lurie, commanding officer of the department’s Hollywood Division.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was walking the dogs on a street off the famed Sunset Boulevard when a four-door sedan pulled over and two men tried to steal the animals, Tippett said.

The dog walker tried to fight them off and was shot by one of the men wielding a semi-automatic handgun during the struggle.

The LAPD said the suspect took two bulldogs and took off in a white vehicle, while a third dog fled the scene and was later recovered.

A source close to Lady Gaga, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the singer was offering a $US500,000 ($630,000) reward for the return of her French bulldogs, and was urging anyone who has the dogs to email [email protected] to return the dogs and retrieve the reward, no questions asked.

The French bulldog is a popular breed, and there has been a growing trend of the dogs, which can cost several thousand dollars as puppies, being stolen for resale or breeding.

AP with Reuters, USA Today

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