Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs have been found safe and unharmed – two days after being stolen at gunpoint in Los Angeles.
Koji and Gustav were handed in at LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station on Friday by a woman who appears to be “uninvolved and unassociated” with the armed robbery.
It isn’t clear how she came to have the animals, but both dogs have now been safely reunited with the pop star’s representatives.
Gaga had been offering $500,000 for their safe return – and had written in a previous Instagram post that she was praying for their safe return because her “heart is sick”.
Her friend Ryan Fischer, who was shot while walking the pets, is expected to make a full recovery.
“I can confirm that the dogs have been located and are safe,” Captain Jonathan Tippet said.
The star, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, is currently in Rome where she is shooting Sir Ridley Scott’s film about the Gucci fashion industry.
According to police, Mr Fischer had attempted to fight off the armed robbers – and one of the men was wielding a semi-automatic handgun.
Lady Gaga said: “I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero.”
In a statement, Ryan’s family said that he had been the victim of a “horrible, violent crime” – but praised the “extraordinary care” he was receiving in hospital.
They added: “We cannot possibly say enough to thank all of the first responders, nurses and doctors who have worked so tirelessly to care for Ryan.
“Of course, we also want to thank Lady Gaga who has shown nothing but non-stop love and concern for Ryan and our family right from the outset.
“Ryan loves Gustav and Koji as much as Lady Gaga does.”