Lady Gaga’s father says he never believed the story that the woman who recovered his daughter’s kidnapped dogs after the singer’s dog walker was shot and wounded just happened to find them on the street.
‘I thought it was unusual when they got the phone call that this woman found the dogs tied to a pole, you know, that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard,’ Joe Germanotta told Extra.
Germanotta, the owner of the Manhattan eatery Joanne Trattoria, reacted on Friday to the news that the woman who returned the Poker Face singer’s stolen French bulldogs was arrested along with four others in Los Angeles.
The motive for the February 24 robbery, investigators believe, was the value of the French bulldogs - which can run into the thousands of dollars.
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Joe Germanotta, Lady Gaga’s father, says he never believed the story that the woman who recovered his daughter’s kidnapped dogs after the singer’s dog walker was shot and wounded just happened to find them on the street
The Poker Face singer was in Italy on Friday filming House of Gucci. She will portray Patrizia Reggiani, the Italian socialite and ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci
Five people have been arrested and charged in connection with the February 24 kidnapping of Gaga's two French bulldogs, Koji and Gustav, and the near-fatal shooting of their walker
‘I thought it was unusual when they got the phone call that this woman found the dogs tied to a pole, you know, that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard,’ Germanotta, a New York City restaurant owner, said. He is seen left alongside Lady Gaga in New York City in January 2018
The dog walker, Ryan Fischer, is recovering from a gunshot wound and has called the violence ‘a very close call with death’ in social media posts.
He was walking Lady Gaga’s three dogs - named Asia, Koji and Gustav - in Hollywood just off the famed Sunset Boulevard when he was attacked.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Police arrested James Jackson, 18; Jaylin White, 19; and Lafayette Whaley, 27, in connection with the violence.
They are charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree robbery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Ryan Fischer, who has been described as a family friend, survived the assault. He has posted images of himself in a hospital bed on his social media
Fischer, 30, was shot four times while he was out walking Gaga's three dogs, Koji, Gustav and Miss Asia, before thieves snatched two in February
Lady Gaga is pictured with her French bulldog Koji, who was stolen on February 24
The three are described by police as documented gang members, who targeted the bulldogs because they knew of their high value. When bought from reputable breeders, the animals can cost between $3,000 and $5,000.