Man who shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker and stole her French bulldogs sentenced to 21 years


Ryan Fischer was dubbed a “hero” by Lady Gaga after the incident saw him fighting for his life in hospital.  In a new update, the man who shot the singer’s dog walker and stole her pooches took a plea deal and was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Monday, officials have said.

According to PA News Agency, authorities have claimed the connection to Lady Gaga is a coincidence.

The motive was the value of the French bulldogs, a breed worth thousands of dollars, and detectives do not believe the thieves knew the dogs belonged to the Let’s Dance hitmaker.

James Howard Jackson, one of three men and two accomplices who participated in the violent robbery, pleaded no contest to one count of attempted murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Jackson and others drove around Hollywood, the city of West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley in February 2021 “looking for French bulldogs,” prosecutors said previously.

They then came across Lady Gaga’s dog walker Ryan, who had her three pets.

Jackson shot Fischer during the robbery near the famed Sunset Boulevard, during which two of the dogs were taken.

A nearby doorbell camera recorded the dog walker screaming, “Oh, my God! I’ve been shot!” and “Help me!” and “I’m bleeding out from my chest!”

Fischer later called the incident a “very close call with death” in posts shared on his social media pages. 

She shared various snaps of her beloved pooches, telling fans her heart was “sick”.

The singer wrote: “I will pay $500,000 for their safe return,” alongside contact details for the family.

“If you bought or found them unknowingly, the reward is the same,” she added.

The Telephone hitmaker went on to praise her dog walker for risking his life to “fight for our family”.

“You’re forever a hero,” she added.

Ryan shared an emotional post from his hospital bed four days after the incident, telling concerned fans he was still recovering.

He concluded the post, writing: “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.”

The dogs were returned several days later by a woman who was also charged in the crime.



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