Ryan Fischer has spoken to Gayle King on CBS Mornings about the moment he was shot while walking Lady Gaga’s dogs and how she has supported him since
Lady Gaga’s dog walker has defended the pop star in his first TV interview since being shot in the street while out with her French bulldogs.
Ryan Fischer was almost killed in a robbery in Hollywood as he tried to stop the 35-year-old singer’s dogs from being taken in February.
Two of the animals – named Gustav and Koji – were snatched while a third, called Miss Asia, escaped.
The stolen animals were returned to police after Lady Gaga offered a $500,000 (£364,000) reward.
Five people are charged in the case – three men and two alleged accomplices – and all have pleaded not guilty.
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Speaking with Gayle King for CBS Mornings, Ryan defended Lady Gaga and spoke about how she has supported him since the ordeal and said she has “helped me so much”.
There had been questions asked after he launched an online fundraising drive, saying he had run out of savings since the incident.
Ryan said: “She’s helped me so much. She’s been a friend for me.
“After I was attacked, my family was flown out and she had trauma therapists flown to me and I stayed at her house for months while friends comforted me and security was around me.”
Ryan said he had had part of his lung removed after being shot once during the incident.
Reliving the night he was almost killed, Ryan said: “I was scared, I was in pain.
“I had a feeling, when they came up, pulled the gun on me that I was going to end up being shot, because in my mind I was like, ‘There’s no way that I’m not going to fight for these dogs’.”
He said he would have been “very surprised” if the thieves knew who the dogs belonged to.
“I think they just saw a guy with three French bulldogs,” he said as the dogs are highly sought by criminals for their sell-on value on the black market.
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