Lady Gaga's dogwalker reveals he's homeless after van broke down as he begs for cash following 'traumatic' shooting
LADY Gaga's dogwalker is pleading for cash donations two months into a road trip prompted by his horror shooting – after "blowing through his savings."
Ryan Fischer suffered a collapsed lung after he was shot in the chest by a dognapper in February while walking Gaga's three French bulldogs.
Two of the pets were stolen while one got away and was later recovered by cops.
Ryan was released from the hospital on March 29 after recovering from four gunshot wounds and later vowed to go on a six-month road trip sabbatical to clear his head.
Yet TMZ reports the dogwalker has fallen on hard times and is crowdfunding because "his van broke down and he needs money for travel expenses".
After relying on kind-hearted donations, Ryan – who has confessed to feeling scared, lonely and abandoned on his fundraising page – is also asking for recommendations for "retreats for trauma, plus queer spiritual leaders and healers."
It comes as he told of "long bouts of depression, doubts and self pity" along his journey.
Ryan has now launched a Go Fund Me account for fans wishing to support him on his mission.
In the emotional page description, he wrote: "A few days ago, I said goodbye to Trudy, a quasi-reliable 1991 Ford Falcon rental that drove like a boat in high wind. With just me, Trudy, 3 stuffed animals that resemble dogs I care for very much, and WAY too many personal items, across the US we teetered along for two months.
"At times I was scared. I was lonely. I felt abandoned and unsupported. I had long bouts of depression and doubt and self-pity.
"But those backroads that took me to desert campsites and Walmart parking lots and rest stops and friends and family to New York and back began to help me see why I had chosen to leave the security of the Hollywood Hills where I fought for my life and mobility.
At times I was scared. I was lonely. I felt abandoned and unsupported. I had long bouts of depression and doubt and self-pity."
"All that time spent reclaiming my body, I now needed to be equally devoted to strengthening my emotional and mental health. Having that understanding helped me frame what I need from the rest of this sabbatical: getting a van and exploring this country while seeking out communities that support the process of growing from trauma.
"For me, this includes retreat centers, trauma programs, queer healers, creatives and spiritual leaders.
"And I can’t wait to honestly share in the process and heal with you all along for the ride through writings, discussions and quirky videos (and maybe an interpretive dance or two).
"So here I am, two months down on a 6 month journey. And, on this Feast of Saint Rocque, I have a clear purpose but am at an obvious impasse.
"With no vehicle, apartment, and having run out of savings and surviving on donations from generous loved ones, I am humbly asking for your help. This is not an easy thing to ask, but I have started to realize sharing your vulnerability with others is exactly when radical change begins to occur for everyone involved.
I have a clear purpose but am at an obvious impasse. With no vehicle, apartment, and having run out of savings and surviving on donations from generous loved ones, I am humbly asking for your help
"I have set up this GoFundMe page in supporting a van purchase, travel expenses and welcome all input on retreats for trauma throughout the country as well as queer spiritual leaders and healers, and how best to highlight and share with you along the way. I love you, and thank you for all the ways you have supported me throughout; I truly can’t wait to see how the next step of this journey unfolds for us all."
In late April, the two men who shot Ryan and the woman who allegedly "found" the dogs after they were kidnapped were been arrested in connection to the crime.
Ryan was shot four times in the chest as the robbers made their getaway.
He was then listed in critical condition but improved almost immediately as Gaga and her family pled with the gunmen to return her dogs and said Ryan didn't deserve to get shot.
The dogs were eventually returned to a police station by a mystery woman who said she found the two stolen French bulldogs tied to a post days after the attack.
However, it wasn't until a week later when Ryan returned to the hospital with more complications.
His lung had collapsed, as he admitted in an Instagram post: “Along with accepting the the news that I was about to be readmitted, several nurses and doctors told me how they had been in the room when I came in with my gunshot.
“How they didn’t think I was going to make it.”
Once he was back at the facility, he said his lung collapsed once again, even with “the new chest tube poking at my insides”.
After it continued to collapse, over and over again, doctors realized “the bullet wound had scarred [his] tissue like a burn."
He ended up having to have surgery to remove portions of his injured lung.
A month after Ryan was released from the hospital, police arrested five people and they were charged in connection to the dognapping of Gaga’s two French Bulldogs.
Three suspects, who are documented gang members — James Jackson, 18, Jaylin White, 19, and Lafayette Whaley, 27 — were charged with attempted murder and armed robbery.
They reportedly went after the bulldogs because of their high value and did not know they belonged to Gaga.
Bail for all of the suspects was set at $1million.
Ryan previously told of his "terror" while the suspects were still at large in an exclusive chat with The Sun.
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