Lady Gaga's dogwalker speaks for first time since dognapping incident

Tuesday, March 2
ENTERTAINMENT


By Ciarán Mather

The good friend and dogwalker of pop star Lady Gaga who sustained a chest trauma inflicted by a dognapper has broken his silence since his ordeal.

Ryan Fischer sustained gunshot wounds to his chest from a semi-automatic pistol last week while trying to fight off two thieves who were trying to snatch the Born This Way singer's bulldogs.

Two of the dogs were taken while one of them, named Miss Asia, managed to escape the thieves' clutches.

Although the thieves were successful, the two dogs that were stolen, named Koji and Gustav, have since turned up safe and sound at an LAPD station, and have been returned to the singer.

Taking to his Instagram account, Mr. Fischer recounted the harrowing experience in meticulous detail via two separate posts, saying in the first one: '4 days ago, while a car sped away and blood poured from my gunshot wound, an angel trotted over and laid next to me.' 

'My panicked screams calmed as I looked at her, even though it registered that the blood pooling around her tiny body was my own. I cradled Asia as best I could, thanked her for all the incredible adventures we’d been on together, apologized that I couldn’t defend her brothers, and then resolved that I would still try to save them… and myself.'

'Hopeful that my calm(ish) and forceful pleas for the urgency of my care as well as the focused descriptions of the dogs would be enough to help me and get enough police and media attention to find the boys, I looked back at my guardian angel. I smiled at her shaking form, thankful that at least she would be okay.'

'From that point, right as the neighbours poured from their homes and restaurant to us on the sidewalk, life has taken a very sudden and unexpected turn.'



Then, in the second post, he continued: 'I am still in recovery from a very close call with death and have kept myself (for the most part, I mean I am human) from the growing media story.'

'I will write and say more later, but the gratitude for all the love I feel from around this planet is immense and intense. I felt your healing support! Thank you.' 

'I am humbled and grateful that attention and focus from the police were enough to get Koji and Gustav back to safety, and I know they are committed to bringing these criminals and attempted murderers to justice. I am so appreciative of everything you continue to do.'

'To all my friends and family who have cried with me and maybe even laughed at one or two of my morbid jokes by my side or over a screen: I love you. Thank you for keeping me grounded now more than ever. And my mom and brother flew out here to be with me.... happy birthday Sean!!!! I love you both with all my heart.' 

'All the dog videos and photos from my clients to keep my spirits up worked miracles. Seeing their faces light up when you said my name motivates me to keep pushing so I can play with them and see you again soon. I love you all! '

Fischer also made sure to thank first responders and health care workers, as well as Gaga, saying: 'Your babies are back and the family is whole… we did it! You have shown so much support throughout this whole crisis to both me and my family. '

'But your support as a friend, despite your own traumatic loss from your kids, was unwavering. I love you and thank you.'

He concluded: 'And now? A lot of healing still needs to happen, but I look forward to the future and the moment when I get bombarded with kisses and licks (and maybe even an excitement pee?) from Asia, Koji, and Gustav.'



Gaga, whose real name is Stefanie Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has since praised her friend on her social media accounts for his bravery, saying: 'I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family.' 

'You’re forever a hero,' the 34-year-old added.

She has also reportedly paid all medical expenses relating to Mr. Fischer's injuries, totalling around $97,543 (around €81,232.35).

LAPD detectives are reportedly still searching for what they now believe are two men responsible for the attack, according to CNN.