THE family of Lady Gaga’s hero dogwalker said that “nobody deserves what happened to him” – as the FBI probes whether the dognapping was politically-motivated revenge.
Relatives of Ryan Fischer, 39, described him as a “really good person” after he was shot by dognappers who stole two of the popstar’s French Bulldogs.
They said he was “recovering” in hospital following the shooting, which agents are examining to see whether it could have been motivated by Gaga’s performance at Joe Biden’s inauguration.
The Poker Face singer, 34, has offered a $500,000 reward for the return of French bulldogs Koji and Gustavo after they were taken in the violent raid on Wednesday night.
Ryan’s older brother Eric Fischer, 48, fought back tears as he told The Sun: “It’s been a very rough time. Ryan is recovering in the hospital.
“I don’t fully know if he is conscious at the moment, we’ve got family who are going to see him and hopefully we will get some good news.
“It is very hard for the family to go through this. Ryan is a really good person and nobody deserves what happened to him.”
Los Angeles – and Hollywood – has seen a rise in dognapping during the Covid-19 pandemic and Gaga’s dognappers may have struck just days before stealing her pets.
Ryan Fischer is ‘recovering’ in hospital following the shooting[/caption]
The singer left for Rome, Italy, earlier this month where she is filming a new movie.
English Bulldog breeders Ana and Osvaldo Vasquez had two puppies dognapped in broad daylight at their home in North Hollywood on February 12.
A woman was arrested in connection with the robbery and two men remain at large. The dogs have not been recovered.
Ana, a housewife, and Osvaldo, a petrol station attendant, both 41, believe there is an organised dognapping gang operating in the area.
And they suspect they may have been victims of the same criminals who took Lady Gaga’s dogs.
Osvaldo told The Sun: “We haven’t heard anything about the puppies’ whereabouts.
The singer left for Rome, Italy, earlier this month where she is filming a new movie[/caption]
The Poker Face singer has offered a $500,000 reward for the return of French bulldogs Koji and Gustavo[/caption]
“The police caught a female suspect who came with the two men who stole them.
“We have been asking the detective in charge of the case almost daily and they say the woman is not cooperating and has given them false leads.
“I’m on an English Bulldog breeders WhatsApp group and one said they had a puppy taken in Los Angeles very recently.
“These dognappings are happening more and more often and we believe there is an organised gang behind it.
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“The pandemic has allowed people to walk around with masks on and that helps them to commit crimes like this. People are also more desperate and looking for money.
“Now they seem to be going after the dogs of celebrities, maybe because they realise there is a lot of money to be made.
“Hopefully after what happened with Lady Gaga the police will take more action. I believe it could be the same ring of people who stole our dogs.
“It’s too much of a coincidence that this happened so soon after what we went through.”
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