Lady Gaga ‘feels horrendous’ about dog walker Ryan Fischer’s shooting and will reportedly pay £70,000 medical bill
As Ryan Fischer, 30, strolled along Sierra Bonita Avenue in Hollywood, Los Angeles, two people got out of a white car and demanded he hands Gaga’s three French bulldogs over.
Wielding what police said was a semiautomatic handgun, the individuals snatched two dogs, Koji and Gustav, beating Fischer to the ground and shooting him in the chest.
Both law enforcement and loved ones confirmed that Fischer is in a “stable condition” and set to make a full recovery. The dogs, meanwhile, were dropped off at the Olympic Community Police Station by an unnamed civilian.
Sources told British newspaper The Sunday Mirror that the “Stupid Love” hitmaker has pledged to pay his medical bills.
“Gaga feels horrendous about what happened to Ryan and wants to make sure he has looked after,” they said.
“She absolutely adores him and is forever indebted to him for his bravery.
“She also wanted to compensate him for lost work, and has been wishing him a speedy recovery.”
Lady Gaga’s dog walker Ryan Fischer expected to make full recovery after shooting, says family
Gaga had previously offered $500,000 in reward money for the safe return of her pooches. It remains unclear at the time of writing whether the woman who returned the dogs received the money.
In a statement to TMZ, Fischer’s family sought to praise first responders for treating Fischer, who found the 30-year-old cradling Gaga’s third dog, Miss Asia, in his arms as they tended to his wounds.
“Thankfully, Ryan is receiving extraordinary care in the hospital right now and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery,” they said in the statement issued Friday (26 February).
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“We cannot possibly say enough to thank all of the first responders, nurses, and doctors who have worked so tirelessly to care for Ryan.”
“Of course, we also want to thank Lady Gaga who has shown nothing but non-stop love and concern for Ryan and our family right from the outset,” they added.
“Ryan loves Gustavo and Koji as much as Lady Gaga does; so we join in her plea for their safe return.”
While Fischer’s former client and friend, Doctor Fred Pescatore, told PEOPLE that Fischer was breathing on his own at the hospital.
“There’s nothing negative about that man,” he said of the Fischer.
“I continue to love you, Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family,” Lady Gaga wrote in an Instagram post. “You’re forever a hero.”