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Lady Gaga’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, has broken his silence in a harrowing Instagram post documenting the moment he was shot by a burglar last week. Fischer was walking Gaga’s dogs, Asia, Koji and Gustav when he was apprehended by an unidentified male who fired a weapon and stole two of the three dogs.
Fischer who is now recovering in hospital said that he had “a very close call with death” and that he is grateful for the support he has received worldwide.
In an Instagram caption posted across his personal and business accounts, Fischer recounted the event.
“Four days ago, while a car sped away and blood poured from my gun shot wound, an angel trotted over and laid next to me,” he wrote. “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, apologised that I couldn’t defend her brothers, and then resolved that I would still try to save them… and myself.”
He went on to thank those who arrived to assist.
“First responders and health care workers: you literally saved my life and helped me take newborn walks, I can’t thank you enough.”
According to the ABC, the two stolen dogs were handed in to the Los Angeles police department, unharmed, by a woman who police say appears to have no connection to the crime. Though it remains unclear how they came to be in her possession.
Fischer who is not only a professional dog walker but friend to Lady Gaga, thanked the artist in the aforementioned post.
“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.”
It was 9:40pm in Los Angeles when 30-year-old Fischer was walking Gaga’s dogs at the time he was shot. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre after Police arrived at the scene and by Thursday evening was declared to be in a stable condition.
LA’s robbery-homicide division are still working to find the two perpetrators who used a semiautomatic weapons and were caught on CCTV cameras fleeing the scene with two of the dogs in a white car.
Gaga’s devotion to her pets and urgency to have them back was clear when she offered a $500,000 reward to the person who could return them to her.
It is still unclear if the crime was targeted or purely opportunistic.