American singer, Lady Gaga’s two stolen French bulldogs were found safe and handed in to police, according to officials.
The two dogs, stolen in an armed robbery, were “reunited” with the singer’s representatives, police said.
Ryan Fischer was walking the superstar’s pooches, Koji, Miss Asia and Gustavo, just before 10:00pm on Wednesday night when two armed men abducted the dogs in Hollywood, Los Angeles, United States.
Footage showed one of the suspects firing at Mr Fischer before making off with the dogs, Koji and Gustav.
A third bulldog, named Miss Asia, ran away and was later recovered by police.
The dog walker was shot in the chest, according to reports in US media. Mr Fischer who is in the hospital is expected to make a full recovery, his family said in a statement.
Details of how the dogs were recovered are still sketchy. The Associated Press said a woman had brought them to the Olympic Community Police Station in LA and the singer’s representatives had confirmed they were hers. The woman appeared to be “uninvolved and unassociated” with the robbery, a police spokesman said.
The singer had offered $500,000 for their safe return but it is not clear if the reward has been claimed.
Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, is currently in Rome working on a new Ridley Scott film, Gucci.
French Bulldogs are sought-after breeds in the US, with healthy puppies selling for an average of USD $2,000. Those with exceptional breeding history can fetch as much as USD $10,000.
Gaga is known to be extremely protective of her dogs, who have accompanied her to the American Music Awards and her 2017 Super Bowl Halftime show.
Miss Asia even has an official Instagram account.