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Reuters/Saul LoebA thief has shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker and made off with two of her French bulldogs, a representative from her team has confirmed to People magazine.The shooting took place in West Hollywood late on Wednesday night. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to The Daily Beast that a 30-year-old male victim was taken to a local hospital. Police said his condition was unknown, but he was reportedly alert and communicative while being treated. CNN reported Thursday that the dog walker is recovering well.The singer has three beloved French bulldogs, Koji, Asia, and Gustav. She is “extremely upset” and is offering a $500,000 reward for the safe return of Koji and Gustav “no questions” asked, according to TMZ. Anyone with information is asked to email KojiandGustav@gmail.com.The shooting began right before 10 p.m. ABC7 footage from the scene shows the dog walker dressed in shorts laying on the pavement cradling Asia, the one dog that managed to escape the thief, while first responders attended to him. Police were seen swaddling Asia in a blanket before Lady Gaga’s bodyguard retrieved the pet, reported TMZ. Police are searching for at least one male suspect, who is believed to have used a semi-automatic handgun and was last seen fleeing northbound toward Hollywood Boulevard Avenue in a white vehicle. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) The case is now being handled by the department’s Robbery-Homicide Division, which often oversees high-profile investigations. They are treating the case as an “assault with a deadly weapon,” a police spokesperson confirmed.Lady Gaga is currently in Rome where she is filming Ridley Scott’s new movie Gucci. Her father Joe Germanotta described the dog walker, whom police have not formally identified, as a friend of the family."Our whole family is upset and praying Koji and Gustav are not harmed," he told Fox News. He then pleaded for help to “catch these creeps,” adding “shooting someone in order to steal dogs is wrong.”Officials said it was too early in the investigation to know if the dogs were specifically targeted in the attack. French bulldogs are very popular pets and puppies can cost as much $10,000, depending on their pedigree.Lady Gaga's team was not immediately available for further comment.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.