It was on February 26, 2021 that Lady Gaga made a publication on the social network Twitter to report the abduction of her two French bulldogs, adding that her pet walker had been shot. Two years later, Jennifer McBride, who returned the animals, decided to sue the singer because she did not fulfill her promise: she did not pay the reward of 500 thousand dollars. Remember that McBride was accused and convicted of having been involved in the abduction of animals.
At the time, Lady Gaga wrote that animals, gustav It is koji, had disappeared for two nights and that if someone had found or bought them without knowing they were his, that the reward would be the same. It was 80 minutes after publication for Jennifer McBride to appear and return the animals to a police station in Los Angeles. But two months later, the woman was arrested and accused of being linked to the kidnapping.
The authorities justified the detention because Jennifer’s father was one of the suspects of having stolen the animals. Last December, the woman was sentenced to a two-year suspended sentence. However, McBride argues that he deserves to receive the reward, since he fulfilled his part, returned the animals, so, on Friday, he filed an action in the Supreme Court of Los Angeles, accusing the artist of breach of contract and fraud.
The woman alleges that Stefani Germanotta, the artist’s legal name, used the reward argument as a lure to lure her into handing over the animals, thus putting her under the authorities’ radar.
”This case is quite simple. Lady Gaga made a reward offer because she desperately wanted her dogs and my client took steps to fulfill the singer’s wish”, sums up lawyer KT Tran to The Washington Post. “My client had absolutely no involvement in the theft of the dogs. She loves dogs and was happy to be a part of her safe return. [a casa da artista]. Therefore, she is legally entitled and deserves the reward,” she declares, declining to comment on the woman’s conviction.
Also Lady Gaga’s spokesperson did not comment on this action.
In April 2021, five people were charged in the case of the theft of the two bulldogs and the shooting of the man walking the dogs, in Hollywood. Four of the five suspects were known gang members, while the fifth was Jennifer McBride. Last December, the man who shot animal caretaker Ryan Fischer was sentenced to 21 years in prison.
Ryan Fischer suffered serious injuries, including one to the chest that required part of his lung to be removed. “It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since I was carrying the Asia, koji and the gustav to take a night walk when — in an instant — I found myself fighting with everything I had to protect those dogs from being stolen”, he wrote recently in an Instagram post, quoted by the The Washington Post. “But it wasn’t enough: I was beaten, strangled, shot and left to bleed on a sidewalk, fighting for my life.” The third animal was found by the police. At the time, Lady Gaga was filming in Italy.