Lady Gaga’s dog walker shot, French bulldogs stolen in Hollywood

By STEFANIE DAZIO | Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — 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 singer is offering a $500,000 reward.

The dog walker was shot once Wednesday night and is expected to survive his injuries, according to Los Angeles Police Capt. 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 escaped. That dog has been recovered safely.

  • Members of the media congregate near an area on North Sierra Bonita Ave. where Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and two of her French bulldogs stolen, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Los Angeles. The dog walker was shot once Wednesday night and is expected to survive his injuries. The man was walking three of Lady Gaga’s dogs at the time but one escaped. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • A woman walks her dog across the street from an area on North Sierra Bonita Ave. where Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and two of her French bulldogs stolen, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Los Angeles. The dog walker was shot once Wednesday night and is expected to survive his injuries. The man was walking three of Lady Gaga’s dogs at the time but one escaped. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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  • Blood is seen near an area on North Sierra Bonita Ave. where Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and two of her French bulldogs stolen, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Los Angeles. The dog walker was shot once Wednesday night and is expected to survive his injuries. The man was walking three of Lady Gaga’s dogs at the time but one escaped. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • A dog is walked near an area on North Sierra Bonita Ave. where Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and two of her French bulldogs stolen, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Los Angeles. The dog walker was shot once Wednesday night and is expected to survive his injuries. The man was walking three of Lady Gaga’s dogs at the time but one escaped. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • A No Trespassing sign appears on a gate near an area on North Sierra Bonita Ave. where Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and two of her French bulldogs stolen, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Los Angeles. The dog walker was shot once Wednesday night and is expected to survive his injuries. The man was walking three of Lady Gaga’s dogs at the time but one escaped. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • Members of the media and neighbors walk near an area on North Sierra Bonita Ave. where Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and two of her French bulldogs stolen, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Los Angeles. The dog walker was shot once Wednesday night and is expected to survive his injuries. The man was walking three of Lady Gaga’s dogs at the time but one escaped. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • Blood appears on vegetation lining a sidewalk on North Sierra Bonita Ave. where Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and two of her French bulldogs stolen, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Los Angeles. The dog walker was shot once Wednesday night and is expected to survive his injuries. The man was walking three of Lady Gaga’s dogs at the time but one escaped. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • A picture of a French bulldog is featured above the entrance of Dog-E-Den Hollywood near an area on North Sierra Bonita Ave. where Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and two of her French bulldogs stolen, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Los Angeles. The dog walker was shot once Wednesday night and is expected to survive his injuries. The man was walking three of Lady Gaga’s dogs at the time but one escaped. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

  • FILE – This June 28, 2019 file photo shows Lady Gaga performing in the second annual Stonewall Day honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, hosted by Pride Live and iHeartMedia in New York. Officials say Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and her two French bulldogs stolen in Hollywood during an armed robbery. Los Angeles police are seeking two suspects, thought it’s not known if both were armed, in connection with the Wednesday night shooting. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

  • FILE – Lady Gaga, winner of the award for best original song for “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”, poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Officials say Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and her two French bulldogs stolen in Hollywood during an armed robbery. Los Angeles police are seeking two suspects, thought it’s not known if both were armed, in connection with the Wednesday night shooting. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

  • FILE – Lady Gaga sings the national anthem during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 2021. Officials say Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and her two French bulldogs stolen in Hollywood during an armed robbery. Los Angeles police are seeking two suspects, thought it’s not known if both were armed, in connection with the Wednesday night shooting. (Saul Loeb(Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Tippett told The Associated Press that the dogs belong to pop star Lady Gaga. It’s not yet clear if the dog walker was targeted because of his celebrity client, the captain said.

Lady Gaga is offering the reward for the return of her dogs — whose names are Koji and Gustav — with no questions asked, according to her representative. An email address for tips, [email protected], has been set up. The singer is currently in Rome to film a movie.

Police were initially called to North Sierra Bonita Avenue, a street off the famed Sunset Boulevard, around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday following several 911 calls reporting a man screaming and the sound of a gunshot, said Capt. Steven Lurie, commanding officer of the department’s Hollywood Division.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was walking the dogs 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 semiautomatic handgun during the struggle. It’s not yet known if both men were armed.

French bulldogs can cost thousands of dollars. A woman in San Francisco was beaten in January at gunpoint and three men stole her gray French bulldog puppy named Chloe, police said.

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AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu contributed to this report from New York.

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