Lady Gaga offers $500,000 reward for stolen French Bulldogs

Lady Gaga offers $500,000 reward for stolen French Bulldogs

Her dogwalker was shot in Los Angeles and is in critical condition.
26 Feb, 2021

Pop superstar Lady Gaga is offering a $500,000 reward for the return of her French Bulldogs, Koji and Gustav, stolen in a violent altercation in Los Angeles that left a man fighting for his life, police and a source close to the singer said Thursday.

Gaga, who was in Rome filming a movie when the dogs were stolen, has not commented personally on the theft. However, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that two French Bulldogs were stolen at gunpoint from a 30-year-old man on Sierra Bonita Avenue in Hollywood Wednesday night.

The man, identified in multiple media reports as the singer’s dogwalker, was shot with a semi-automatic handgun and remains in critical condition, the LAPD said.

A third dog, Miss Asia, escaped and was later recovered.

The incident is the latest of several violent thefts of French Bulldogs in the United States in recent months.

In January, a woman in San Francisco was attacked by thieves brandishing a gun who stole her French Bulldog puppy. In October, a North Carolina breeder was held at gunpoint by thieves who made off with five puppies.

The smush-nosed dogs, which can sometimes be sold for several thousand dollars each, have long been a target of thieves because they are expensive and difficult to breed, said Brandi Hunter, a spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club. It recommends owners refrain from posting pictures of their Frenchies on social media - particularly if the photos include identifying information about where the owners live.

What is new about the recent thefts is the level of violence used, said Andy Lopez, vice president of the French Bulldog Rescue Network, a national organization based in Connecticut.

Lopez said he has installed security cameras around his property to protect his dogs from thieves as well as predators.

The source close to Lady Gaga said the singer was urging anyone who has the dogs to contact to return her pets and claim the reward, no questions asked.

On Thursday, the celebrity gossip site TMZ posted a video that it said was recorded by a neighbor’s security camera and shows the dogwalker being attacked. In the grainy images, a man screams “help me” as he appears to struggle with two people who pull up in a white car, before a gunshot is heard.


Captain Feb 26, 2021 11:50am
She should give amount to poor people instead for their betterment
Zak Feb 26, 2021 01:04pm
Shooting a human to steal dogs. Reflects the low level they have come to. Only in fascist countries are people killed over animals but not expected in a democratic America.
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Feb 26, 2021 01:28pm
Unfortunately, her dogs enjoyed better and lavish lives than many helpless, feeble, vulnerable, weak, trifle and hapless people in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Bolivia and Bangladesh.
Amber Feb 26, 2021 01:30pm
@Zak and in what sort of countries are people killed over animals?
Alba Feb 26, 2021 01:46pm
$500,000 for her dogs (no questions asked) and not to catch the attacker.
MAK Feb 26, 2021 03:30pm
They are not dozen to a dime wretched who can not think beyond their mediocrity...sad indeed
Ibrahim S Feb 26, 2021 05:18pm
@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad , “You are 100% right”. Pakistan is the most prosperous country in the world with rivers flowing with milk and honey while BD is financially struggling .
Chrís Dăn Feb 26, 2021 06:34pm
She must be deeply attached with her pet. I wish she finds him back.
NK Feb 26, 2021 08:47pm
@Captain She does a lot of charity work through her own charity organization " Born This Way FoundatioN" and many organization has her backing
LgbtqX Feb 27, 2021 04:55am
@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad; You forgot the Land of the pure.
LgbtqX Feb 27, 2021 04:56am
@Ibrahim S; It all started from a convenient store and a greencard bride.
Roma Feb 27, 2021 06:52am
So many Pakistanis here seem jealous of these dogs’ lifestyle.