Yesterday, the shocking news came in that Lady Gaga's dog walker was shot and 2 of the singer's dogs were stolen in a Hollywood neighborhood. But after offering a $500,000 reward for their return, she's found herself in some major hot water, for a very serious reason...
Trigger Warning: This article contains extremely graphic content that some readers may find upsetting.
That's right, the star has landed herself at the center of backlash for the move.
And no other than a former member of the FBI has called her out.
Now, the thirty-four-year-old has become one of the most beloved pop stars of all time.
The release of The Fame in 2010 is considered to be Gaga's breakthrough.
Singles such as "Poker Face" and "Just Dance" reached number 1 in the U.S, Canada, Australia, and the U.K.
The young singer rapidly rose to fame over the next few years...
And even though her music is incredible...
via: GettyHer ever-changing style over the years is something that truly put her on the map.
Now, who could forget that iconic meat dress?
Nope, that's not getting forgotten about any time soon!
She's more than just a singer, however...Lady Gaga has had a couple of acting stints, such as starring in American Horror Story and A Star is Born.
And not forgetting Haus Labs...
Gaga has a fiercely loyal following of fans...
And she is known for being super supportive and considerate of her worldwide fan base - which is one of the many reasons as to why people love her so much.
Fans also appreciate her very humble beginnings...
And it's no secret that her self-made success has benefitted her family greatly.
So, of course, fans have been devastated to hear of the news surrounding her beloved pets and her dog-walker.
If the initial news wasn't scary enough, now video footage of the incident has been released.
Be warned, the footage is extremely disturbing to watch.
@ethan_gaga i saw Asia run omg 🥺😭— ALEJANDRO 💀 (@ALEJANDRO 💀)1614297324.0
@ethan_gaga this is so disturbing :((— kromatika (@kromatika)1614283617.0
@CHAOTlCANGEL i know it made my stomach hurt that’s so scary😭 thank god he’s alive!— e♥ (@e♥)1614284309.0
Watching that footage of Ryan Fischer risk his life for @ladygaga ‘s precious Frenchies broke my heart & angered me… https://t.co/zWpuZBsF1j— Marjorie Hernandez (@Marjorie Hernandez)1614313308.0
Omg the footage of Lady Gaga’s dog walker screaming and being shot. 😨 Please find these assholes and get her dogs back.— I’M SPEAKING (@I’M SPEAKING)1614304293.0
@thedailybeast Praying for him and the safe return of those 2 furbabies 🙏🙏🙏— Julie Ever After 🐾✡️🌻☪️🌙☮️🎤🏳️🌈✌️ NO DMs (@Julie Ever After 🐾✡️🌻☪️🌙☮️🎤🏳️🌈✌️ NO DMs)1614286972.0
Law enforcement has claimed that the singer's dog-walker was targeted by thieves Wednesday night in Hollywood, just before 10 PM, TMZ reported.
Ryan Fischer had 3 of Gaga's French Bulldogs when one gunman - and possibly more - approached him.
Details surrounding their altercation remain unclear... Until now.
It is already known that Fischer was shot and the gunman made off with 2 of the dogs.
The third dog ran away but was later recovered.
According to Metro, Fischer, who reportedly sustained 4 gunshots to the chest in the incident, was in "grave" condition when he was transported to the hospital. However, TMZ has since reported he's expected to make a full recovery.
TMZ recently managed to obtain new video footage of the incident via a neighbor's security camera.
In the clip, you can see Lady Gaga's dog walker get approached by a few men who tell him to "give [them] up" before shooting him in the chest multiple times.
Fischer can be heard screaming for help throughout the incident.
Even despite the traumatic nature of the clip, it had been approved by Gaga's team in order to help find the missing dogs.
‼️BREAKING-TRIGGER WARNING‼️ New chilling surveillance footage shows the shooting of Ryan, and Lady Gaga’s two dog… https://t.co/pMFMPU0Fu4— e♥ (@e♥)1614282835.0
Right now, there are no known suspects for the shooting and dognapping, but hopefully, this will change in the upcoming days.
The star is offering a staggering $500,000 to anyone who safely returns her dogs...
With "no questions asked."
But her reward has been met with backlash.
With a former FBI agent branding it as opening "up a market"...
Speaking to The Daily Mail, Frank Montoya Jr, who worked in the FBI between 1991 and 2016, said that Gaga's reward has opened up a market for criminals.
A market for criminals to start stealing celebrity dogs and return them for high ransoms.
He explained that stealing pets from high profile celebrities has always been an option for opportunistic criminals.
"But…paying, no questions asked, can open up a Pandora's box of sorts."
"She should give the investigation a chance," he said.
"After all, the dogs notwithstanding, a human being was shot."
Our thoughts are with both Gaga and Fischer during this difficult time.
Make sure to stay posted for updates on this developing story.