“I am still recovering from a very close call with death”

Lady Gaga’s dog walker opens up about surviving the deadly attack (Instagram Photo Credit / Lady Gaga)

LOS ANGELES, March 1 (Reuters) – The man who was gunned down while tending to Lady Gaga’s French Bulldogs said on Monday he was recovering after nearly dying from attack by assailants who kidnapped two of the pop singer’s pets.

Ryan Fischer, in his first public comments since the incident last Wednesday night in Hollywood, detailed his memories of that night and thanked his family, friends, first responders and Gaga, who was in Italy to shoot a movie.

The two stolen dogs were returned to police unharmed on Friday, but two men suspected of stealing them are still at large.

“I’m still recovering from a very close death call,” Fischer, 30, wrote on Instagram alongside photos of him in a hospital bed, including one that showed him hooked up to a ventilator.

Describing the episode, Fischer said he gasped in panic as blood flowed from his body from a gunshot wound. The kidnappers had taken two of Gaga’s three dogs – Koji and Gustav – but a third, Asia, remained with Fischer.

“I rocked Asia the best I could, I thanked her for all the amazing adventures we had together, I apologized for not being able to defend her brothers, then I decided to give it a try. to save them… and myself, ”Fischer wrote.

Koji and Gustav were returned unharmed to police on Friday by an unidentified woman and were reunited with Gaga’s representatives. Gaga had offered a reward of $ 500,000 for the return of his dogs.

To Gaga, Fischer said, “Your babies are back and the family is whole… we made it! You have shown so much support throughout this crisis to me and my family.

“A lot of healing has yet to happen,” Fischer added, “but I look forward to the future and when I will be bombarded with kisses and licks (and maybe even a pee of excitement? ) From Asia, Koji and Gustav. “(Report by Lisa Richwine edited by Marguerita Choy)

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