One of the suspects got out and demanded Fischer handed over the animals. The dog walker fought the suspects for a bit before one of them pulled out a gun and shot him.
The dramatic encounter was caught on a surveillance video which sparked a nationwide hunt for the people responsible. Gaga put out a $500,000 reward for her beloved dogs and eventually a woman returned them to the police.
That same woman was later arrested along with the 4 other people connected to the crime.
Days after the incident, Gaga released a statement in which she thanked her dog walker. “I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero."
Fischer was rushed to the hospital where he stayed for days while doctors treated him. At the time, a friend launched a fundraising campaign to help him pay his bills. The campaign raised over $7,000.
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Recently, Fischer left Los Angeles to embark on a 6-month trip across the country. The 1991 Ford Falcon he had been driving broke down leaving Gaga’s friend stranded with nowhere to go.
"At times I was scared. I was lonely. I felt abandoned and unsupported. I had long bouts of depression and doubt and self-pity,” he described his trip thus far. Fischer says not only does he not have a car or apartment, but his savings ran out. He has survived on donations from his “loved ones” but now is asking the public to donate.
He launched a GoFundMe to raise funds to buy a van and travel expenses to finish his journey. Fischer is also asking for advice on where to find queer spiritual leaders and healers.
So far, the campaign has raised $938.
“I love you, and thank you for all the ways you have supported me throughout; I truly can’t wait to see how the next step of this journey unfolds for us all,” Gaga’s friend proclaimed.