Everyone who has a pet fears having their beloved animals stolen, and celebrities are no exception.
In addition to having two of her cherished French Bulldogs kidnapped in February 2021, Lady Gaga’s regular dog walker was also shot.
James Howard Jackson, 19, the individual accused of the offense, was detained and charged. However, shockingly, he was unintentionally released on April 6, 2022, as a result of a “clerical error.”
In an effort to locate Jackson, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office collaborated with other law enforcement agencies; now, over four months later, he has been detained again.
The Sheriff’s office released a statement that reads, “Investigators carried out a search warrant on Apricot Drive in the city of Palmdale with the help of the Special Enforcement Bureau. Without incident, suspect Jackson was captured.”
Jackson, one of the five people involved in the theft of the Frenchies, was one of the subjects of a $5,000 reward offer made public by the U.S. Marshalls Service back in July.
In Hollywood, Lady Gaga’s dogwalker Ryan Fischer was walking her three Frenchies, Koji, Gustav, and Miss Asia when the event happened.
A gang of men attacked Fischer, and when he tried to fight them off, they shot him in the chest. They then seized two of the dogs and escaped in a car. Miss Asia, the third dog, ran away before being subsequently brought back by police.
The distressed singer put up a $500,000 prize for any information on her missing animals. A couple of days later, 51-year-old Jennifer McBride entered a police station carrying the two canines and claimed to have discovered them chained to a post.
She attempted to collect the reward, but police later detained her after learning she was dating the father of one of the gang’s members.
Fischer suffered a collapsed lung from the shooting, which is allegedly the fault of Jackson. With Lady Gaga’s help, Fischer has since fully recovered. Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to defend our family, and I still love you, she wrote at the time. “You are a hero forever.”
Fischer thinks the Frenchies were targeted only for their breed and that the gang was unaware that their famous owner owned them. Demand for French Bulldogs as pets is high, and owners are advised to keep their animals safe.
Though the celebrity hasn’t spoken out about Jackson’s arrest, we’re sure she’s relieved the dogfighter is off the streets and everyone’s cherished pets are safer.