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By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) – Pop superstar Lady Gaga offers a $ 500,000 reward for the return of her French Bulldogs, Koji and Gustav, stolen in a violent altercation in Los Angeles that left a man fighting for his life, the police and a nearby source. the singer said Thursday. Gaga, who was in Rome filming a movie when the dogs were robbed, has not personally commented on the robbery. However, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that two French Bulldogs were stolen at gunpoint from a 30-year-old man on Sierra Bonita Avenue in Hollywood on Wednesday night. The man, identified in multiple media reports as the singer’s dog walker, was shot with a semi-automatic pistol and remains in critical condition, the LAPD said. A third dog, Miss Asia, escaped and was later recovered. The incident is the latest of several violent robberies of French Bulldogs in the United States in recent months. In January, a woman in San Francisco was attacked by robbers brandishing a gun that her French Bulldog puppy stole. In October, a North Carolina breeder was arrested at gunpoint by robbers who took five puppies. Poke-nosed dogs, which can sometimes sell for several thousand dollars each, have long been a target of thieves because they are expensive and difficult to breed, said Brandi Hunter, a spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club. He advises owners to refrain from posting photos of their Frenchies on social media, especially if the photos include identifying information about where the owners live. What’s new about the recent robberies is the level of violence used, said Andy Lopez, vice president of the French Bulldog Rescue Network, a national organization based in Connecticut. Lopez said he installed security cameras around his property to protect his dogs from thieves and predators. The source close to Lady Gaga said the singer was urging anyone with the dogs to contact mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org to return their pets and claim the reward, no questions asked. On Thursday, celebrity gossip site TMZ posted a video that it said was recorded by a neighbor’s security camera and shows the dog walker being attacked. In the grainy footage, a man yells “help me” as he appears to be struggling with two people pulling up to a white car, before a gunshot is heard.