Jennifer McBride, the woman who returned Lady Gaga’s dogs after they were stolen in 2021, is suing the singer, saying she never received the promised $500,000 reward. BuzzFeed News was the first to report on the lawsuit.

In February 2021, Gaga’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was shot while walking the singer’s French bulldogs. Perpetrators stole two of the three dogs, Koji and Gustav. Following the incident, Gaga offered a $500,000 reward for the safe return of the Koji and Gustav.


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Police arrested five people in April 2021 — including McBride, who “found” the dogs and turned them over to police two days after the robbery.

Though police initially believed McBride was not involved in the crime, it was later revealed she had a relationship with the father of one of the suspects involved, as Insider previously reported.


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According to the Los Angeles Times, McBride was sentenced to two years’ probation in December 2022 after pleading no contest to one count of receiving stolen property.

That same month, James Howard Johnson, the man who shot Fischer, was sentenced to 21 years in prison, per the Los Angeles Times.

According to the lawsuit obtained by BuzzFeed News, McBride claims she “has suffered compensatory damages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life” because she didn’t receive the reward.

The lawsuit also claims that Gaga “defrauded” McBride “by making a promise without intent to perform.”

Representatives for Gaga did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.


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